Authorizes paramedics to transport injured police work dogs to appropriate facilities in certain cases.
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TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to transport of police work dogs injured in the line of duty
To allow paramedics to transport injured canines to the nearest animal hospital or veterinary clinic.
Summary of Provisions:
Section 1 amends the Public Authorities Law by adding a section 122-c, which allows paramedics to transport injured canines for treatment at animal facilities, so long as all emergency responders have been accounted for.
Section 2 sets forth the effective date.
Police dogs serve a very important role in law enforcement, and their responsibilities are increasing with time. They search for drugs, explosives, and lost people. They protect their handlers as well and assist them in their duties. Their value is reflected in the penalties for harming police dogs, as assaulting a police dog brings similar charges to assaulting a human officer.
Currently paramedics are unable to care for canine officers that have been injured in the line of duty. Paramedics face severe penalties in the event they care for a canine officer if the human officer is unharmed. This bill would authorize the necessary care these service dogs need in the event of life-threatening injury and protect this critical component of modern policing.
To Be Determined
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4990--A Cal. No. 838 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 28, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to transport of police work dogs injured in the line of duty THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 122-c to read as follows: S 122-C. TRANSPORT OF POLICE WORK DOGS INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PARAMEDIC OR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE TECHNI- CIAN MAY TRANSPORT ANY POLICE WORK DOG, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 195.06-A OF THE PENAL LAW, INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY TO A VETERINARY CLINIC OR SIMILAR SUCH FACILITY PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THERE ARE NO PERSONS REQUIRING MEDICAL ATTENTION OR TRANSPORT AT SUCH TIME. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10703-03-5