Nero, the K-9 partner of slain Yarmouth Police K-9 Sgt. Sean Gannon, was released from the hospital on April 18 following his handler's funeral.
Certified in tracking, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery, crowd control, and handler protection, the 28-month-old Belgian Malinois continues to recover from two gunshot wounds.
Nero was shot in the head and neck April 12 in Marstons Mills, when law enforcement officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant. Tragically, Gannon lost his life in that incident.
Nero was stabilized at the scene of the shooting by the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team, transferred to an emergency veterinary facility, and later taken to Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists to undergo surgery.
A spokesperson for Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay said Peter McClelland, a retired Yarmouth police officer who served in the K-9 unit, stayed with Nero all week.
Yarmouth police report that Nero will remain in the care and control of the department’s K-9 unit.