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Old 12 August 2009, 02:55 PM
KirkMcD KirkMcD is offline
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Originally Posted by snopes View Post
Comment: I have heard that if someone kills a police dog they can be
charged with killing an police office because dogs on a K9 unit
technically hold the rank of officer. I found one link to a guy being
sentenced to life in jail for it but that seems to be more due to the
three strikes law than the other issue. I'm assuming this is an urban
legend but I've heard this from a couple of people so I think it is a
pretty widespread.
Under Texas law, they would be charged with Killing a Police Service Animal, which is a Felony in the Third Degree. Texas Penal Code - Section 38.151. Interference With Police Service Animals

Similar crime in Florida, Florida Crimes Code Section 843.19 - Obstructing Justice - Offenses against police dogs, fire dogs, SAR dogs, or police horses.

A Class A misdemeanor in NY, New York Penal Law Section 195.06 - Killing Or Injuring A Police Animal

That's all I could easily find.

None of them say a police service animal is considered an officer though.
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