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New Law Would Change Penalty For Harming Police Animals

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Last fall, a Jamestown, New York police dog was stabbed during a stand-off with a murder suspect.  The dog, named Mitchell, was seriously injured but survived.  At this time, seriously injuring a police animal in the state is considered a misdemeanor with a sentence of no more than one year in jail.

The New York State Legislature is now looking to change that penalty.  “Mitchell’s Law,” named after that Jamestown K-9 would increase that crime to a felony.  For killing a police animal, the maximum penalty would 7 years in prison, and for causing serious injury, the maximum penalty would be a 4-year sentence.

The Times Union reports that the New York State Senate could vote on the bill this week.

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