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Police Dog Transport Bill Heads To Ohio Senate

A K9 getting pet by the handler during a demonstration.
Jason Jarrach

Police dogs injured in the line of duty often have to be rushed to veterinary hospitals, but they’re not always taken in ambulances like their human partners.

A bill introduced in September permits ambulances to transport injured police dogs. Democratic Representative Adam Miller (D-Columbus) said without it, there’s nothing in law that expressly allows that to happen.

“In a public law context, you have to have positive authority to authorize transport. If you don’t, you are putting the provider of the service in a situation that could be really problematic for them,” said Miller.

The bill passed with only one no vote in the House. It now goes to the Ohio Senate.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.