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Video: Up To 44 Years for Man in Fatal Pittsburgh Police Dog Stabbing

March 10, 2015  | 

VIDEO: K-9 Killer to Get Up to 44 Years

A man convicted of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh police dog has been sentenced to 17 years, 9 months to 44 years in prison, reports WPXI.

A judge said Tuesday that John Lewis Rush must also serve 8 years of probation following his release.

Rush was convicted in December of torturing a police animal; aggravated assault on the dog's handler, Officer Phil Lerza, and three other officers; and other offenses.

The incident prompted state lawmakers to stiffen the penalty for harming police animals.

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JoJo @ 3/11/2015 2:25 PM

That's more time than a person who kills someone in California gets. Good job Pennsylvania.

Glen Parks @ 3/24/2015 10:33 PM

AMEN!!! It's about time!!! PS, EVERY year I hear of at least ten (ten), usually more, police K-9's suffocating in cars that were left running with the A/C on. The car stalled and the heat alarm did not work. PLEASE DO NOT DEPEND ON THESE ALARMS. Check your dog often. When I say 10, that is only what I hear about, usually I hear about many more. Going to your kids ball game? Leave your partner home for his/her own good!!! Have a heart.

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