Officer Sean Gannon’s K-9 Nero survived emergency surgery and is recovering from gunshot wounds to his face and neck, Yarmouth police said.
“K9 Nero has survived emergency surgery and is being treated and taken care of by the best medical staff in New England at a location here on Cape Cod,” police wrote in a statement.
Friday morning, the Dennis Veterinary Hospital said the dog was “stable but not out of the woods,” the Dennis Veterinary Hospital said Friday.
Gannon was shot and killed while serving Thomas Latanowich a warrant in Yarmouth on Thursday afternoon. Police say Latanowich shot Gannon in the head and also shot his K-9 unit
Nero in the face and the neck during the altercation.
Staff from the Dennis Veterinary Hospital posted to their Facebook page Friday morning, saying that Nero was stabilized by the Cape regional SWAT team in the field. The dog was taken to an emergency facility Thursday night.
Retired K-9 Officer Peter Mclelland remains by the dog’s bedside, according to the hospital.
“Peter….has not left Nero’s side for a minute all night, and remains with him rubbing his head this morning, with no plans of leaving his side today. Those that know Peter – this is not a surprise,” staff said.
Nero is under 24 hour law enforcement protection and remains in the care of the Yarmouth Police Department K9 unit, police wrote in a statement.
“K9 Nero remains alive and we continue to pray for his full recovery,” police wrote on Facebook. “We thank you all for your love and support.”