K-9 shot in the line of duty back on his paws

K-9 shot in the line of duty back on his paws

CAPE COD — After being shot in the line of duty, a K9 officer is fighting back.

K-9 Nero was shot along with his partner, Yarmouth Officer Sean Gannon, while serving a warrant last Thursday. Gannon was killed and Nero was badly injured. 

The suspect, 29-year-old Thomas Latanowich of Somerville, was allegedly hiding in the attic when the shooting occurred.

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A law enforcement source told Boston 25 News a bullet went through Nero's cheek and into his shoulder. He underwent emergency surgery and has been receiving around the clock care since.

Barnstable Police reported K-9 Nero 'is progressing with his recovery each day.' He is now able to walk around and eat, even if just a little, on his own.

Nero is still under 24-hour police coverage, where Peter McClelland is standing by Nero's side throughout his recovery.

NERO STRONG! 💙👊🏻

Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Shortly after midnight Sunday, Yarmouth Police posted an update about Nero, showing the pup on a walk.

"FIGHTING back and standing STRONG!" said the police department.

The Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay are caring for Nero.

OUR FOUR-LEGGED HERO! The men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department are proud to report that our beloved K9 NERO is back on his feet---FIGHTING back and standing STRONG! 💙

Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Saturday, April 14, 2018

To donate to Nero's recovery, click here.