Yarmouth police dog to undergo surgery

K-9 was shot in incident that killed Officer Sean Gannon.

Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon’s police dog, Nero, is expected to undergo surgery today for injuries he received during the Thursday shooting that killed Gannon, according to a Facebook post from the Dennis Veterinary Hospital.

According to the post, Nero, who was shot in the head and neck, was stabilized at the scene of the Marstons Mills shooting by the Cape Cod SWAT Team and then taken to an emergency veterinary facility, where he was stabilized. He was later transferred to a surgical facility and is described as “stable but not out of the woods.”

Peter McClelland, a retired Yarmouth police officer who served in the K-9 unit, was with Nero throughout the night, according to the post.

“(He) remains with him, rubbing his head, this morning, with no plans of leaving his side today,” the post states. “Those that know Peter — this is not a surprise.”

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 Department issued when the dog joined the department a year ago.

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