‘Four-legged hero’: Fallen officer’s K-9 Nero on his feet

Nero, the K9 who was shot along with his police officer handler is back on his feet after emergency surgeries.

Officer Sean Gannon and Nero were shot last Thursday during a joint operation serving an arrest warrant for an alleged probation violation at a home in Marstons Mills, police said.

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Gannon was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Nero was taken to animal hospitals for emergency surgeries.

An eight-year veteran of the force, Gannon was married and a graduate of both Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth and Westfield State University. He previously worked for the Nantucket and Stonehill College police departments.

K-9 Nero and Gannon began their partnership on April 18, 2017, when the dog was 16 months old.

Nero is certified in tracking, building and area searches, apprehension, crowd control and handler protection.

On Saturday, Yarmouth police shared a photo of Nero back on his feet. The Barnstable K9 Foundation also shared photos of Nero saying the dog was able to walk down the hallway.

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