LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - A bill that would provide emergency medical care for injured police dogs is one step closer to becoming law after an overwhelming vote in the state House.
The bill was in honor of Gabo, a Jonesboro Police Department K-9 that was shot five times at point-blank range in 2018. The dog survived the shooting but died in 2020 due to an illness linked to his injuries.
Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R-Paragould), who sponsored the bill, told lawmakers Wednesday that the bill created a narrow focus in current state law to help an injured police dog.
The bill was approved by the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee Tuesday. During the committee hearing, lawmakers heard from Jonesboro officer Erik Johnson, who served as a handler for Gabo.
The bill now heads to the Senate.