Rep.Crocker, Lt. Governor Visit Hyannis Animal Hospital

Discuss Nero's Bill with veterinary staff...
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito (L) and Rep. Will Crocker (Center) visit Dr. Kevin Smith (R) at Hyannis Animal Hospital to discuss "Nero's Bill" for police canines. (Courtesy of Rep. Crocker)

From the office of State Rep. Will Crocker:

HYANNIS – Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited the Second Barnstable District on Thursday February 14, 2019 where she visited the Hyannis Animal Hospital and then participated in the ribbon cutting for phase one of the Sgt. Sean Gannon Training Complex at the Yarmouth Police Station with State Representative Will Crocker.

At the Hyannis Animal Hospital, Polito and Crocker met with Dr. Kevin Smith of the hospital, to discuss the priorities of the animal hospital.

“I am pleased to have Lieutenant Governor Polito in the district and to tour the Hyannis Animal Hospital, meet the veterinarians, and witness firsthand the great work they are doing,” said Representative Crocker. “I also had the opportunity to brief her on some of the legislation that I have filed this session including Nero’s Bill, as well as bills that would benefit children who have suffered through domestic violence abuse, property tax relief for seniors and veterans, and school bus safety.”

Polito and Crocker later joined the Yarmouth Police Department to celebrate the official opening of phase one of the Sergeant Sean M. Gannon Training Complex at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters, a state-of-the-art facility that features a MILO Range Interactive Use of Force and Tactical Judgement Training system.

Members of the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire District, the Barnstable Police Department, the Yarmouth Police Department, and the local veterinary community reached out to Representative Crocker to file legislation that would allow police canines to be treated and transported by EMS providers. Dr. Smith worked alongside Dr. Jason Kahn and Dr. Lee Palmer to spearhead the legislation and craft the language for Nero’s Bill.

“I was very happy to host Lieutenant Governor Polito for a visit with us at Hyannis Animal Hospital,” stated Dr. Kevin Smith. “As most people know, we had a police canine shot and severely injured this year. Discussing this bill, and the potential impact that this will have on police canines going forward is exciting. We hope that in response to a tragedy we can potentially make a very positive change with this legislation.” 


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