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PA House passes law to protect K-9 officers, on way to Senate

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 10:31 PM CDT
Posted by: Don Yeager (DYeager@sbgtv.com)

HARRISBURG -- On March 18th the PA House passed legislation sponsored by  Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny/Washington) that would strengthen felony charges for anyone who deliberately harms or kills a K-9 officer in the line of duty.

Known as "Rocco's Law," HB-2026 honors Pittsburgh K-9 Officer Rocco who was stabbed in the line of duty 7 weeks ago by a suspect the dog was pursuing. Rocco later died from his injuries.

Under HB-2026,  a perpetrator would be charged with a felony of the 2nd degree for the willful or malicious torture of a police dog, or if they mutilate, injure, disable, poison or kill the dog. The crime carries a maximum fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison.

PA House passes law to protect K-9 officers, on way to Senate


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