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New Ala. Law Criminalizes Attacks On Police Dogs

June 06, 2013  | 

Photo by John Johnston, Ace K9.
Photo by John Johnston, Ace K9.
Police dogs and search and rescue dogs joined Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday for a ceremonial signing of a bill that makes it a crime to injure or interfere with a police dog, a search and rescue dog, or their handlers.

The law makes it a misdemeanor to harass or interfere with a police or search and rescue dog in the performance of its duties. Harassment could include distracting a dog by shouting, throwing an object, shining a flashlight or tossing out food.

Causing an injury that takes the dog out of service for no more than 30 days is also a misdemeanor. To seriously injure, steal or kill a police dog or search and rescue dog is a Class C felony under the new law, punishable by 1-10 years in prison.

Read the full AL.com story.


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RICHARD ISAACS @ 6/6/2013 6:44 PM

SOMETIMES THEY GET IT RIGHT.

mike @ 6/7/2013 3:22 AM

1) what about cops entering the wrong home, and killing the home owners pets, should not the cops be also charged with felony abuse?
2) what about cops locking their police dogs in a hot car for the day or weekend, killing the dog, should they not also be charged with felony abuse?

Jim B. @ 6/7/2013 6:45 AM

Mike,

You are talking about mistakes, things that sometimes do happen despite the best of intentions. As opposed to the willful acts of someone for the purpose of avoiding getting caught committing a crime. I'm sure you can see the difference.

When a cop enters a house for a lawful purpose (i.e. serving a search warrant) and encounters a dog, they have to take steps to protect themselves. Unfortunately, that often involves shooting the dog. It's just like if you were attacked by a dog on the street, you have the right to defend yourself. That would not be abuse. If it turns out that the cops went into the wrong house, the PURPOSE for entering was still lawful, the mistake was that they had the wrong house. It's a mistake. Cops are human and they make mistakes just like anyone. It still doesn't make their actions against the dog abuse.

And please don't get me wrong, I am the biggest animal lover you are ever going to meet. I'm the first guy to advocate for punishing animal abusers. But I don't agree with the situation you outlined.

Nichole @ 6/10/2013 3:22 AM

Why don't you troll your boat somewhere else, Mike.

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