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Last month, the American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department (AKC GR) issued an alert requesting emails be sent in support of advancing HB 2547 and SB 1606, “Nero’s Law”.  The bill allows emergency care and transportation for a police dog injured in the line of duty while ensuring ambulance use remains a priority for human transport.

Yesterday, November 9, 2021, the Senate Ways and Means Committee responded positively by making a few changes to the text and releasing it favorably as SB 2573.  New text in the bill provides flexibility when utilizing the provision if ambulances are in limited supply or an emergency veterinary clinic is not nearby.

AKC GR is thankful to all of you who contacted the legislature in support of passing Nero’s Law!  Together, we can ensure these working dogs get the care they deserve.

AKC GR will continue providing updates on Nero’s Law as it progresses through the legislature.  For more information on this or other legislative issues in Massachusetts, contact AKC GR at 919-816-3720 or; or the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners at