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New legislation raises penalties for hurting police animals

May 15, 2017 06:03 PM

ALBANY - New legislation at the state Capitol would help protect police K9s and horses.

"Mitchell's Law" is expected to be passed by the Senate on Tuesday. It's named after K9, Mitchell, who was stabbed in the throat during a manhunt for a murder suspect in Jamestown, New York. Mitchell almost died, but recovered.

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The bill would elevate the crime of injuring a police animal from a misdemeanor to a felony.

"When the chief came to my office, he said, 'You know what happened to K9 Officer Mitchell has the same penalty as if you had stolen a pack of gum from a convenience store.' That’s not right. That needs to be rectified," explained Republican Senator Cathy Young of Olean.

Once the bill clears the Senate, it heads to the Assembly. NewsChannel 13 will let you know if it passes.

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