Maine law for K9s is influencing other states

  • Source: WCSH-TV NBC 6 Portland
  • Published: 03/23/2023 12:00 AM

As of 2018, a law was passed in Maine that if a working police dog is injured in the line of duty, they are able to be treated by EMS before being sent to the hospital. Maine was the first state in New England to pass this law to protect police K9s. One of Portland's K9s, and his officer partner, are now advocating for that same law in New Hampshire. Working with police dogs takes time, training, and discipline. Officer Michelle Cole of the Portland Police Department is one of five officers with a K9. She fronted the bill in 2018 that working dogs can get treated by EMS workers on the scene. "Pretty proud of the work that we've done in this state, and they are going to go back and make this program for their state, and states across the nation are all hopping on board," Cole said.


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