Nero, the police dog wounded in the Thursday incident that took the life of his handler, Yarmouth police Officer Sean Gannon, continues to recover from his injuries, according to a Facebook post by the Yarmouth Police Department.
Early Sunday, the department posted a picture of Nero, bandaged and with a medical tube inserted int his body, but standing nonetheless.
"OUR FOUR-LEGGED HERO!" the post reads. "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!"
Nero, who was shot in the head and neck, was stabilized at the scene of the Marstons Mills shooting by the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team and then taken to an emergency veterinary facility. He was later transferred to a surgical facility.
Nero is a 28-month-old Belgian Malinois certified in tracking, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery, crowd control and handler protection, according to a statement the Yarmouth police issued when the dog joined the department a year ago.
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