HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Anyone who hurts or kills a police animal now faces tougher criminal penalties under a new Pennsylvania law proposed and passed after the death of a Pittsburgh police dog.
Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday signed a bill known as “Rocco’s Law,” named for a German shepherd stabbed to death by a fugitive in January.
Rocco’s funeral was attended by about 1,200 people.
Lawmakers revised the criminal offense to make it a second-degree felony.
It now carries a sentence of up to 10 years and a $25,000 fine.
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