Illinois House Bill 2661 was signed into law today. It allows police dogs injured in the line of duty to be transported to a veterinary clinic or similar facility by emergency professionals, reports the Chicago Daily Herald.

"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 stipulates that people must receive medical attention prior to a police dog's transport. However, this will allow medical professionals to transport police dogs when necessary.

"K-9's are a valuable but expensive 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.

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