Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today signed legislation that would increase the penalty for anyone who hurts or kills a police animal.
The bill, referred to as “Rocco’s Law,” comes after the death of Pittsburgh K-9 officer Rocco, an 8-year-old German shepherd who was stabbed during an arrest in Lawrenceville.
“We want to protect those who protect us,” Corbett said. “Rocco gave his life for his community, and this legislation ensures those who do harm to law enforcement animals will receive the punishment they deserve.”
The new provision amends Pennsylvania’s Dog Law and Title 18 to toughen penalties against anyone who severely injures or kills a police animal - including police horses - from a third to a second degree felony.
The second degree felony comes with a fine of $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison.