VERNON HILLS, Ill. – State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, passed legislation through the House on Thursday that would potentially save police dogs injured in the line of duty by allowing first responders to transport injured police dogs in ambulances.
“Police dogs do dangerous work on the front lines alongside their human counterparts in order to keep our communities safe,” Sente said. “We have an obligation to make sure our police dog partners are able to receive lifesaving medical treatment as soon as possible if they are badly injured in the line of duty.”
Mundelein Public Safety Director Eric Guenther approached Sente with the bill idea because Illinois law was hazy on this subject and his Department recently added a canine officer, Titan, to their team. Sente and Guenther collaborated and drafted House Bill 2661, which clearly permits ambulances to transport police dogs to a medical facility if injured in the line of duty and an ambulance is not otherwise taking care of a human.
“This bill ensures K-9s all over the State of Illinois have the best available medical treatment in the event they are injured while performing their duties,” Director Guenther said. “I applaud Representative Sente for taking the lead on this legislation and developing a common sense solution to this concern.”
House Bill 2661 passed out of the House with bipartisan support and now heads to the Senate to be continued by Senator Melinda Bush for hopeful passage.
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