Sergeant Sean Gannon’s K-9 partner Nero has recovered from the gunshot wound he suffered in April and is back home living with Gannon’s wife, according to Yarmouth police.
Gannon, 32, was shot and killed in the line of duty April 12 while serving an arrest warrant for Thomas M. Latanowich at a home in Barnstable.
Nero was also struck by gunfire but survived.
The dog had to undergo urgent surgery to repair his trachea and esophagus.
“It was quite the ordeal,” said Peter McClelland, a retired Yarmouth K-9 officer who cared for Nero after his operation.
The story of Gannon’s death and Nero’s injury spread far and wide, and Yarmouth police have been receiving inquiries from people asking about Gannon’s faithful K-9 partner and wanting to know how he’s doing.
That’s what prompted Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven G. Xiarhos to release an announcement Thursday to let the public know that Nero had retired from the department and is doing just fine.
“Many people from all over the world continue to ask about our beloved K-9 Nero,” Xiarhos said in the e-mailed statement. “As we celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, we are thankful to report that K-9 Nero has fully recovered from his wounds and is enjoying his retirement from police service back home living with the Gannon family.”
McClelland, who trained Nero when he was a puppy, said he took care of Nero from the time he was shot until the first week of August.
“This dog is 100 percent good to go. No physical issues whatsoever,” McClelland said. “I still get to see him. He’s doing well.”
Xiarhos said it’s fitting that Nero is home with Gannon’s wife, Dara, and his other retired K-9, Thor.
That “was Sean’s wish,” Xiarhos said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Dara Gannon’s first name.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.