Tom Cullerton's measure to save police dogs signed into law
VILLA PARK- Illinois' smallest heroes will soon be able to receive medical attention.
State Senator Tom Cullerton's measure HB 2661 was signed into law today.
House Bill 2661 allows for the transport of police dog injured in the line of duty to be transported to a veterinary clinic or similar facility by emergency professionals.
"Police dogs are often unsung heroes," Cullerton said. "If there are not any people in line that need to receive medical attention, our state's police K-9's should be able to receive the necessary precautions to save their lives so they can return to keeping our streets and communities safe."
House Bill 2661 puts stipulates in place that require persons to receive medical attention prior to a police dogs transport however, this will allow medical professionals to transport police dogs when necessary.
The average cost for the initial training for a police K-9 can cost a police authority $20,000 to $29,000.
This does not account for maintenance training and general living expenses for the dog.
"K-9's are a valuable tool but expense tool for police departments," Cullerton said. "This is an investment in humanity and public safety that needs to be protected."
House Bill 2661 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and goes into effect on January 1, 2018.