Stricter penalties sought against those who injure police animals

May 15, 2017

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

Mitchell, the Jamestown Police dog, was recovering from surgery in November 2016.
Credit Jamestown Police Department

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.