SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1177        FILED ON: 2/12/2021

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1606


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Mark C. Montigny


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act allowing humane transportation of K9 partners aka Nero's law.







Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth


Steven G. Xiarhos

5th Barnstable


Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands


Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol


Carol A. Doherty

3rd Bristol


Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol


David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester


Christopher Hendricks

11th Bristol


Patrick Joseph Kearney

4th Plymouth


Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden


Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden


Hannah Kane

11th Worcester


Adam J. Scanlon

14th Bristol


Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex


Susan L. Moran

Plymouth and Barnstable


Alyson M. Sullivan

7th Plymouth


Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester


John Barrett, III

1st Berkshire


Kathleen R. LaNatra

12th Plymouth


Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk


David F. DeCoste

5th Plymouth


Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth


David Allen Robertson

19th Middlesex


Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol


John C. Velis

Second Hampden and Hampshire


Kelly W. Pease

4th Hampden


Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex


Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex


Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth


Tami L. Gouveia

14th Middlesex


Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk


John J. Cronin

Worcester and Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1177        FILED ON: 2/12/2021

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1606

By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1606) of Mark C. Montigny, Steven G. Xiarhos, Julian Cyr, Michael D. Brady and other members of the General Court for legislation to allow humane transportation of K9 partners aka Nero's law.  Public Safety and Homeland Security.


SEE SENATE, NO. 1431 OF 2019-2020.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-Second General Court



An Act allowing humane transportation of K9 partners aka Nero's law.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 1 of Chapter 111C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “person” the following definition:-

“Police dog,” a specially trained dog owned or used by a law enforcement department or agency of the commonwealth or any of its political subdivisions, and used in the course of the department’s or agency’s official work, including a search and rescue dog, service dog, accelerant detection canine, or other dog that is in use by the law enforcement agency for official duties.

SECTION 2. Said Chapter 111C is hereby amended by adding after Section 9 the following section:-

Section 9A. Ambulance services shall authorize their EMS personnel to provide emergency treatment to a police dog injured in the line of duty, and transport such police dog by ambulance, to a veterinary clinic or veterinary hospital equipped to provide emergency treatment to dogs; provided, there are no person requiring emergency medical treatment or transport at that time.  Ambulance services shall develop written policies or procedures for the following:

(a) Appropriate training of EMS personnel to provide police dogs basic level first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and life-saving interventions, including but not limited to administering naloxone , developed in consultation with a veterinarian licensed pursuant to chapter 112; the provision of advanced life support care is not authorized and requires treatment by a veterinarian licensed pursuant to chapter 112;

(b) Safe handling procedures for injured police dogs, including the use of a box muzzle, and response coordination with a law enforcement agency member trained in handling police dogs, developed in consultation with a veterinarian licensed pursuant to chapter 112 and a law enforcement police dog handler or trainer;

(c) Identification of local veterinary facilities that will provide emergency treatment of injured police dogs on short notice;

(d) Proper and complete decontamination of stretchers, the patient compartment, and all contaminated medical equipment, when a police dog has been transported by ambulance or other EMS vehicle; and

(e) Sterilization of the interior of an ambulance, including complete sanitizing of all allergens and disinfection to a standard safe for human transport before being returned to human service.

SECTION 3. Section 21 of chapter 111C, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the first paragraph the following paragraph:-

No EMS personnel certified, accredited or otherwise approved under this chapter, and no additional personnel certified or authorized under section 9, who in the performance of their duties and in good faith render emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, transportation, or other EMS, to an injured police dog, as permitted by section 9A of this chapter, shall be personally liable as a result of rendering such aid or services or, in the case of an emergency medical technician or additional personnel, as a result of transporting such animal to a veterinary care facility, nor shall they be liable to a veterinary care facility for its expenses if, under emergency conditions, they cause the admission of such animal to said veterinary care facility.

SECTION 4. Section 58 of chapter 112, as appearing in the 2018 General Laws, is hereby amended by inserting the following paragraph:-

9. Any EMS provider who provides care to an injured police dog as defined in Section 9A of Chapter 111C.olice dog as defined in Section 26 of Chapter 111C.