Slain Mass. officer’s K-9 back on his feet

K-9 Nero was wounded in a shooting that killed Officer Sean Gannon

By PoliceOne Staff

YARMOUTH, Mass. — A Massachusetts K-9 who was wounded in a shooting that killed his handler is back on his feet.

The Yarmouth Police Department said on Saturday that K-9 Nero is on his feet again after undergoing multiple surgeries, WFXT reported. Nero and his handler, Officer Sean Gannon, were shot while serving an arrest warrant Thursday.

Gannon was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Nero was taken to a veterinary hospital for emergency surgeries, according to WCVB.


OUR FOUR-LEGGED HERO! The men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department are proud to report that our beloved K9 NERO is back on his feet---FIGHTING back and standing STRONG! 💙

Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Louisa Rahilly, with Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, where Nero is recovering, said the K-9 is starting to eat and that “the biggest struggle right now we’re having medically is that he’s having some arrhythmia in his heart that’s just after a shock event.”

“After seeing Nero and his recovery and having just a few moments with him I walked out there better than when I walked in,” Yarmouth Police Department Chief Fred Fredrickson said.

The Barnstable Police K9 Foundation said on Facebook that Nero was able to walk down a hallway. The foundation said they are still providing 24-hour LEO coverage for him.

Nero and Gannon started their partnership on April 18, 2017 when the K-9 was 16 months old. 


We wanted to give you an update on Nero. He is progressing with his recovery each day. Today he walked down the hallway...

Posted by Barnstable Police K9 Foundation on Sunday, April 15, 2018


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