Rocco (Photo: Pittsburgh Police)

Rocco (Photo: Pittsburgh Police)

The district judge who set a $1 million bond for the man accused of killing a Pittsburgh police dog last week said that he set the amount that high -- at least in part -- because he considers the victim, Rocco, a German shepherd, to be a police officer, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

District Judge James Motznik, who presided over Rush's arraignment, said on Monday that several factors went into his decision.

"In this case, he ended up killing a police officer, which was a K-9," Judge Motznik said. "To me, it's a member of the public safety department -- whether it's a firefighter, a paramedic or a police officer."

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