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Killing Police Animals Now a Felony In New York

July 30, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Becki and John Johnston/
Photo courtesy of Becki and John Johnston/
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that now makes it a felony to kill a police dog or horse, increasing the penalty from a misdemeanor when the law goes into effect in November.

Ape's Law, or S1079A, was named after an FBI police dog who was killed by a gunman upstate, reports the New York Daily News. The law goes into effect Nov. 1.

"Police animals go where others will not in order to keep law enforcement officials and all New Yorkers safe from harm and it's a tragedy when one is killed," Cuomo said in a statement. "This new law will hold the guilty parties accountable and offer better protections for these highly trained animals who are important members of our law enforcement community."

In June, an Alabama bill became law, making it a crime to injure or interfere with a police dog, a search and rescue dog, or their handlers.

Cuomo also signed legislation going into effect immediately that allows police departments to waive the requirement that a police dog must be confined for 10 days after biting an individual on duty. Dogs that had bitten individuals had been detained for a 10-day observation period as a precaution to protect against any possible rabies exposure. The new law allows law enforcement to receive a waiver from a local health department based on the dog's up-to-date rabies vaccinations.

Comments (6)

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chuck @ 7/30/2013 3:02 PM

Hey Gov, you trying to kiss ass and make up for bloombergs stupid legislation

Lenny @ 7/30/2013 10:34 PM

"Killing Police Animals Now a Felony In New York"

Well that seems about right, law enforcement in the US have made killing civilian's animals a sport.

mike @ 7/31/2013 4:20 AM

1) Lenny you said it right !!!
2) WILL the next COP be charged with a FELONY for killing the police dog by leaving it in his hot car or over the week without food/water? Of course not, COPS are never held responisable...

lisa @ 7/31/2013 6:49 AM

A cop or a or his dog may save your life one day. People complain but when they need help they say "help me." I have worked with mwds and they are awesome dogs. Law enforcement get a lot of their dogs from the military.

Becki @ 7/31/2013 10:09 AM

The Officers that loose their partners in any way...PAY a lot higher price than a Felony....they are penalized the rest of their lives
and they are held responsible for every action or reaction they make 24/7 from a very unforgiving public. Let's see how many of us could live under a microscope every minute of every day.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/31/2013 10:24 AM

You have to give credit where credit is deserved. Gov. Cuomo, did the right thing.

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