Penalties For Intentionally Injuring, Killing Police Dog Increase Under Proposed Bill

A bill now before the General Assembly’s judiciary committee would substantially boost penalties for intentionally injuring or killing a police dog.

The bill, SB241, would increase the penalty for intentionally injuring a police or search-and-rescue animal from a Class D felony to a Class C felony. The maximum penalties for conviction of a Class C felony in Connecticut are 10 years in jail and a fine of $10,000.

The penalty for killing the service animals would increase from a Class C felony to a Class B felony. Those convictions could have a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, unless the felony is first-degree manslaughter with a firearm — in that case the maximum sentence could be 40 years.

“I would love to see an increase in the penalty,” said Frank Reda, vice president of The Connecticut Police Work Dog Association and a retired sergeant with the Norwalk Police Department.


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