New Law Will Give Four Legged Police Officers More Access To Medical Care

Dec 29, 2017
Originally published on December 27, 2017 12:54 pm

When a police officer is injured, getting them medical help is expected.  But what about when that officer is a K-9?  A new Illinois law allows E-M-T's to transport the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. 

Chief Jim Kruger with the Oak Brook Police Department was a K-9 handler earlier in his career. He says the dogs live with the handler and become part of the family.

“Because of the strong bond you have with your K-9, that dog will give its life for you.  The opportunity to get medical treatment for the dog that probably had performed in such a manner as to protect the handler, you want to do whatever you can to try to save him," Kruger said.  

He points out the new law only allows the K-9's to be picked up when no human needs care. 

"So I think there is still an understanding that people come first.  But certainly if the opportunity presents itself, it will be a great option in a crisis," Kruger added.

He says there is also a financial consideration.  He says a dog can cost 15-thousand dollars or more to obtain and train.    

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