State Statutes that protect Police Service Dogs

F.A.S.T. Co.

Following are a collection of State Statutes that protect Police Service Dogs.
This information has been provided by various dog handlers from around the country.
I don't know if this is the latest information, so if your state should be included...
Below was in 1999 - I do not have any up dated information - still pursuing.
please e-mail me so I can include your state.

California,  Connecticut,  Delaware,  Indiana,  Iowa,  Massachusetts,
New Jersey,  Ohio,  Oregon,  Pennsylvania,  Texas,  Utah

U.S. Senate Adopts Puppy Protection Act 
To: National and State Desks 
Contact: Wayne Pacelle, 202-778-6112, or 
Rachel Querry, 301-258-8255, 
both of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)   

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2002 The Humane Society of the 
United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal protection 
organization, today praised the U.S. Senate for approving an 
amendment to the Animal Welfare Act that seeks to protect dogs from 
exploitation on commercial dog breeding operations, generally known 
as "puppy mills." The Senate approved the amendment, offered by 
Sens. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), during 
consideration of S. 1731, the Farm Bill, and was modeled after S. 
1478, which the two senators introduced in October 2001. 
"The U.S. Senate today recognized that female dogs are more than 
production units and puppies are more than marketable commodities 
in requiring new standards for the protection of dogs on commercial 
dog breeding operations," said Wayne Pacelle, a senior vice 
president with The Humane Society of the United States. "We are 
grateful to Senators Santorum and Durbin for leading this fight and 
working to establish meaningful protections for companion animals." 

Specifically, the Puppy Protection Act: 

-- Creates a "three strikes and you're out" system that allows 
the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revoke the license of chronic 
violators of the Animal Welfare Act. 
-- Limits the number of litters for breeding females to give 
these dogs time to recover between litters. 
-- Mandates that female dogs be at least one year old before 
they are bred. 
-- Requires that dogs be adequately socialized with other dogs 
and with people, which enhances the dogs' well-being and helps to 
prevent behavior problems in the future. 
Puppy mills are breeding facilities that produce purebred 
puppies in large numbers. The puppies are sold either directly to 
the public or are sold to brokers and pet shops across the country. 
Puppy mills have long concerned The HSUS, which has conducted 
undercover investigations documenting inhumane conditions at puppy 
mills. Over 3,000 puppy mills current operate in the United States, 
many of them despite repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act. 

Puppy mill dogs typically suffer from overbreeding, inbreeding, 
minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of 
socialization with humans and overcrowded cages. Consumers 
unwittingly purchase these dogs, who may have immediate veterinary 
problems or could be harboring genetically borne diseases that do 
not appear until years later." 

"This legislation is by no means a total fix for animals or 
consumers, but it will impose new humane standards that breeders 
must observe," concluded Pacelle. "In a larger sense, people 
interested in having a pet should obtain the animal from a shelter 
or from a responsible breeder." 

Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and Sam Farr (D-Calif.) have 
introduced a companion bill, H.R. 3058, which has 136 cosponsors. 
The House-passed version of the Farm bill, H.R. 2646, contains no 
language dealing with this issue. The final outcome will be 
resolved by a conference committee.

New Jersey's acting governor, Donald T. DiFrancesco signed Monday,
August 27, 2001 a new law.  This law provides as much as 18 month
prison sentence for anyone convicted of abuseing an animal.
Those conviected also face a $10,000 fine.
This was brought about by the cruelty of Butch, a young male Rottweiler.

Additional information on K-9s  below:

PA LAw Digest Section 602 makes it unlawful to willfully
or maliciously mistreat a police dog. It is a misdemeanor of the first degree in Pennsylvania.

Title 11 [the symbol that looks like a s sitting on top of an s goes here]1250
 (a) Harrassment of law enforcement animals-
(1) A person is guilty of harassment of a law enforcement animal when such person intentionally
harasses,taunts,menaces,challenges or otherwise alarms a law enforcement
animal in such a manner as is likely to provoke from such animal a
violent,defensive or threatening response,such as lunging,baring of
teeth,kicking,spinning or jumping,if such response from the animal causes
alarm,distress,fear or risk of injury to any person or to the animal.
                                   (2) Harassment of a law enforcement animal is an unclassified misdemeanor
[up to 30 days in jail and/or $575 fine.]
              (b) Assault in the second degree against a law enforcement animal -
(1) A person is guilty of assault in the second degree against a law
enforcement animal when such person intentionally or recklessly engages in
conduct which creates substantial risk of physical injury or death of a law
enforcement animal,including,but not limited to, beating,poisoning or torturing such animal.
(2) Assault in the segree of a law enforcement animal is a Class A
misdemeanor [up to one year in jail, and/or $2300 fine]
(c) Assault in the first degree on a law enforcement animal-
(1) A person is guilty of assault in the first degree on a law enforcemnt animal when such
person intentionally or recklessly causes serious physical injury or death to
such law enforcement animal.
(2) Asault in the first degree on a law enforcement animal is a Class D
Felony [up to 8 years in jail]
(d) "Law enforcement animal defined" -For purposes of theis section,the words
"law enforcement animal" shall mean any animal,including,but not limited
to,canines,K-9 dogs,and horses utilized by any law enforcement
officer,including any corrections officer,in the performance of such
officer's duties.

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