My unit trains for it pretty regular. Done it in an MD500, B206 and UH1H and even in a Cessna. Just did a large training day with 20 handlers and dogs 2 days ago. Ive been called a couple times for injured dogs, but they always opted for ground trans for some reason. This is as an LE pilot, not EMS. One location was far beyond the range of the helicopter. They wanted to go about 300 miles away. So the mission ended up being done in an airplane with the dog in a cage. The other was a rattle snake bite. Again, they opted for ground transport. For an injured K9... it would have to be pretty serious. Muzzled, etc. As we all know... having an injured dog with the abilities of a police k9 in the back of your flying machine could go real bad real fast.
As a pilot, the risk v reward aspect is pretty far leaning to the risk side. Can the handler go also? Does the handler even know the first thing about being in a helicopter or is the handler as much of a risk as the dog? When you deal with handlers, their drive to protect their dog is on par with how people treat their children. So thats a consideration thats very real. Imagine transporting a small injured child AND having mom in the back with your medics. It can be done, but Id have reservations about doing it without the dog in a crate depending on how your helicopter is set up and the willingness of your medical crew to be exposed to a injured pissed off land shark.
If you want to PM me it would probably be easier to talk vs type.
Edited by Flying Pig, 28 March 2016 - 10:00.