ENROLLED 2021 Legislature SB 388, 1st Engrossed 2021388er 1 2 An act relating to injured police canines; creating s. 3 401.254, F.S.; defining the term “police canine”; 4 authorizing licensed life support services to 5 transport injured police canines under certain 6 circumstances; authorizing a paramedic or an emergency 7 medical technician to provide emergency medical care 8 to injured police canines under certain circumstances; 9 providing for immunity from criminal and civil 10 liability under certain circumstances; amending s. 11 474.203, F.S.; providing applicability; providing an 12 effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 401.254, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 401.254 Treatment of injured police canines.— 19 (1) As used in this section, the term “police canine” means 20 any canine that is owned, or the service of which is employed, 21 by a state or local law enforcement agency, a correctional 22 agency, a fire department, a special fire district, or the State 23 Fire Marshal for the principal purpose of aiding in the 24 detection of criminal activity, flammable materials, or missing 25 persons; the enforcement of laws; the investigation of fires; or 26 the apprehension of offenders. 27 (2) A licensee with a valid permit for the transport 28 vehicle may transport a police canine injured in the line of 29 duty to a veterinary clinic or similar facility if there is no 30 individual requiring medical attention or transport at that 31 time. 32 (3) Notwithstanding s. 474.213, a paramedic or an emergency 33 medical technician may provide emergency medical care to a 34 police canine injured in the line of duty while at the scene of 35 the emergency or while the police canine is being transported to 36 a veterinary clinic or similar facility. A paramedic or an 37 emergency medical technician who acts in good faith to provide 38 emergency medical care to an injured police canine is immune 39 from criminal or civil liability. 40 Section 2. Subsection (10) is added to section 474.203, 41 Florida Statutes, to read: 42 474.203 Exemptions.—This chapter does not apply to: 43 (10) A paramedic or an emergency medical technician 44 providing emergency medical care to a police canine injured in 45 the line of duty as authorized under s. 401.254. 46 47 For the purposes of chapters 465 and 893, persons exempt 48 pursuant to subsection (1), subsection (2), or subsection (4) 49 are deemed to be duly licensed practitioners authorized by the 50 laws of this state to prescribe drugs or medicinal supplies. 51 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.