TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Gov. Ron DeSantis held a information convention Friday morning to signal a invoice reaffirming the state’s dedication to defending regulation enforcement officers – each human and canine.

The governor signed Senate Invoice 388 on the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Workplace in St. Augustine.

“The invoice reaffirms Florida’s dedication to defending our regulation enforcement – together with and particularly the four-legged members of the power,” DeSantis defined.

The invoice, partly, permits police K9s to make use of ambulances and get care from EMTs after they get injured in sure circumstances.

“When a regulation enforcement K9 is injured whereas safeguarding our communities, this invoice lastly authorizes emergency service automobiles comparable to ambulances to move police K9s to a veterinary clinic to make sure they rapidly obtain the care they should recuperate if there isn’t a particular person requiring the medical transport at the moment,” the governor mentioned. “The invoice additionally permits EMTs and paramedics to offer emergency medical care to an injured police K9 on the scene of an emergency and/or whereas the K9 is being transported.”

Earlier than formally signing the invoice, DeSantis mentioned it was “overdue” and can hopefully save the lives of K9s.

“Legislation enforcement Ok-9s are sometimes the primary to place their lives on the road as they work to apprehend harmful or armed suspects in high-intensity conditions,” the governor mentioned. “From responding to fires to discovering lacking individuals to detecting narcotics or explosives, regulation enforcement canine use their distinctive talents to rescue victims and detect hazard.”

Shortly after the information convention in St. Augustine, the governor’s workplace despatched out a discover that he’ll cease on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace later Friday morning.

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