Senate-approved bill would make injuring K-9 officer a felony

ALBANY, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - The New York Senate has approved a bill to strengthen the penalty of injuring a K-9 officer. The new measure would make injuring the K-9 officer a felony offense.

The penalty for injuring a K-9 officer is currently a misdemeanor.

The legislation is known as "Mitchell's Law." It's in honor of K-9 Officer Mitchell, a six-year-old German shepherd. Mitchell, a K-9 officer in Jamestown, suffered life-threatening injuries after an encounter with a suspected murderer last November.

According to Sen. Tom O'Mara (R, Big Flats), who co-sponsored the measure, the legislation has gained widespread support from law enforcement and animal advocacy groups, including the New York State Police Investigators Association, New York State Sheriffs' Association, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Humane Society of the United States, and the New York State Animal Protection Federation.


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