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N.J. Law Makes It Illegal to Threaten Police Dogs

August 15, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Becki and John Johnston/
Photo courtesy of Becki and John Johnston/
New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill that makes it a crime to threaten a police K-9 being used by a law enforcement agency.

Dano's and Vader's Law, named after police dogs with the Atlantic City Police Department and Somerset County Sheriff's Office, makes threatening a K-9 a fourth-degree offense punishable by as many as 18 months in prison and a fine of as much as $10,000. There is also a mandatory 90-day jail sentence for people convicted of the charge, reports the Press of Atlantic City.

The Atlantic City PD's Vader, now retired, was hit, choked, had fingers pointed into his eyes, and objects throwwn ast him during his police career from 2008 to 2012.


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