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Stricter penalties sought against those who injure police animals

Jamestown Police Department

A Southern Tier lawmaker wants harsher penalties for causing harm to police animals.

Republican Senator Catharine Young of Olean has scheduled a news conference Monday in Albany to promote legislation that would create a new felony offense for intentionally causing serious physical injury to a police work dog or police work horse. Her measure also would increase the offense of killing a police work dog or police work horse to a class D felony.

The bill is named Mitchell's Law for a Jamestown Police Department German shepherd that suffered life-threatening injuries while apprehending a suspect in a slaying last November.  The bill has passed through a Senate committee and has been added to the upcoming floor calendar.