ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill to increase the legal consequences for people who harm or kill police and other public safety dogs is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton.

The House of Representatives passed the bill 109-14 on Thursday. The House had previously approved the bill but had to vote again to agree with slight changes to the bill in the state Senate, which passed it last week.

The bill increases potential restitution costs for people who hurt dogs in police actions, search and rescue, correctional facilities or arson investigations. Under the bill, killing or seriously injuring such dogs would prompt a fine up to $5,000 and restitution costs up to $25,000.

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Comments (12)
  1. Ron says:

    How about making it a felony to intentionally hurt or kill a police dog?

    1. Chuck says:

      Totally AGREE!!!!!


    it is one thing to use a dog to sniff out contraband and quite another to unleash them on people!!

    If the police ever unleash an attack dog on a human being that person should kill the dog as quickly as possible. dogs are not people and should not have the rights as a human being.

    This is not a game. If a dog attacks you, you are going to have to fight for your life and not rely on policeman to order the dog down.

    Dogs are animals and no matter how well they are trained they have the potential to KILL innocent people.

    I love dogs but would have no qualms about poking out eyes or shoving my arm down their throat and ripping out their tongue if they attack.

    1. Mike says:

      Charles J Wilson-The police do not intentionally command their dogs to attack people who have not broken the law. If one accidentally attacks you without
      jusitification their are actions that can taken legally.

  3. Michelle says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of a criminal getting mauled to death by a police dog. Police dogs are in complete control of their dogs, and when they are given the command to stop biting, they stop. This is a result of many, many hours of training. These dogs provide a valuable service (catching CRIMINALS, not innocent people), and are worth many thousands of dollars. Anybody who hurts a police dog should be thrown in jail.

    1. St Paul says:

      I totally agree, Michelle. Well said!

    2. CJW says:

      Any person whether an agent of the state or not who sets a dog on another human being should be charged with reckless endangerment and willful disregard for public safety at the very least.
      I believe the valuable service they provide is too often inhumane towards people and also needlessly places these animals in harmful situations resulting in thier death.
      The use of dogs to find a cadaver or threat to human life I find acceptable. The use of dogs to create a threat to human life is unacceptable.

  4. Victim Du Jour says:

    Police dogs attack people with weapons thinking they are going to get a treat.

    A dog does not know when they are in danger of being hurt or killed.

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    More than likely if the police orders a dog to attack a criminal, you are in big trouble anyway without the law protecting the dog. And people usually have some sort of reflex when a dog is about to bite them.

    I am waiting for the State Legislature to introduce and pass a law named after a kid who uses a lighter to ignite a fart and causes an injury.

  6. Charles J Wilson says:

    I apologize for offending animal lovers with my comments. Believe it or not I am an animal lover.
    I agree with much of whats been said if not all of it regarding the training and deployment of dogs.
    I have my concerns regarding the “proper and acceptable” use of dogs the same as any other poster on this board, and they are no less valid.

    I think what upset people was the graphic last paragraph. It is disturbing.

    My point is that dogs are not infallible, training is no guarantee of behavior,and the master is never in CONTROL but only has the co-operation of the dog. If there is a problem with with a dog you’ve got a HUGE problem. And it could get very, very, ugly very, very fast.

    Anyone that discounts the threat of a German Shephard is a fool. One of these dogs could literally rip you to shreds.Sadly to say if there is a problem you will be in for the fight of your life.

    I have no problem using dogs to sniff things out, But the way I see it is this-“When the police bring a dog into the picture it is like throwing a loaded gun into a crowded room. Maybe the safety is on, maybe it isn’t. You don’t know. And that puts lives in danger.

    I don’t like animal abuse, and I don’t like making them do our dirty work. If it were up to me people wouldn’t have the right to cage them up.

  7. Human Bean says:

    After all the police brutality stories these guys report on I’m surprised more of you aren’t against this bill. it would be my fear the police DO use the dogs for their own entertainment against citizens. Be thankful every cop has not got one!

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