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Florida Cracking Down On People Injuring Police Dogs

Florida is planning to lay down the law for people who injure or kill dogs or horses that work with police officers and other first responders.

This is good but I wish people would just know not to hurt these animals. Commonsense.

According to Orlando Sentinel, the bill would make it a second-degree felony, up from a third-degree felony, for people who kill or cause great bodily harm to police, fire or search-and-rescue dogs or police horses. The change would boost the amount of potential prison time from five years to 15 years.

Last September, a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office canine unit was shot and killed by a teenager fleeing after carjacking two women at a gas station. Three months later, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Officer’s dog, was shot and killed by an attempted-murder suspect outside of a shopping mall. A Senate staff analysis noted that in 2016 a reveler who had been drinking at the Gasparilla parade in Tampa punched a Sheriff's horse.

In Florida, 140 police departments and 65 sheriff’s offices used specially-trained canines for purposes such as tracking criminal suspects and detecting drugs and bombs in 2017. Fire departments also use dogs for arson detection.

I am all for these stricter rules and don't want to see law enforcement and K-9 and horses getting hurt in the line of duty.