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Retired officer stayed 144 hours straight with slain Sgt. Sean Gannon's K-9 partner Nero and has now brought him home

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Sgt. Sean Gannon's K-9 partner Nero released from veterinary hospital
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On the day that Sgt. Sean Gannon's body made its final journey from Pope Piux X Catholic Church in Yarmouth to the cemetery, his K-9 partner Nero rode to a temporary new home. He made the journey in the familiar environment of Gannon's police cruiser. 

After six days at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, Nero has been released. 

Authorities said Thomas Latanowich shot Gannon in the head as Gannon and Nero chased Latanowich into the attic of his Marstons Mills home last Thursday. The two were serving a warrant. Police say Latanowich also shot Nero in the face and neck. The dog underwent surgery on Friday.

The shooting has rocked the Yarmouth Police Department, the community and elicited sympathy from around New England.

But as police and community members embraced Gannon's family in the past week, one retired officer has made caring for Gannon's K-9 partner a round-the-clock mission.

According to Yarmouth Police, retired Yarmouth K-9 handler Peter McClelland entered the home where Gannon and his dog were shot last Thursday afternoon and stayed with the injured animal, followed him to the veterinary hospital and continued to stay with him for 144 hours straight. 

After family and friends laid Gannon to rest Wednesday, Nero was released from Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, where he had been treated for his injuries.

McClelland, who police described as "a close friend of the Gannon Family" took Nero home Thursday to care for the dog as he recovers from his injuries. Police said when everyone is ready, Nero will be returning to the Gannon family.

The 32-year-old Gannon leaves behind a wife, Dara, his parents and a brother and sister. 

"We thank all of the loving and devoted employees at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Dennis and Bourne who helped rescue and save this innocent animal's life," Yarmouth Police posted to Facebook Wednesday.

Source : http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/slain_sgt_sean_gannons_k-9_par.html

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