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Canadian court sentences man who killed police dog to 26 months in jail

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Paul Joseph Vukmanich, 27, has been sentenced to 26 months in jail for the stabbing death of an Edmonton, Canada police dog that had bitten him on the arm and hand during .a police pursuit. At the time Vukmanich was reported to have been on parole and high on cocaine and methamphetamine when police tried to pull him over on Oct. 7, 2013.

According to testimony given before Judge Larry Anderson, “he sped over a median and several curbs, blowing out three tires, before abandoning the car, which had stolen plates, in a parking lot. He then took off on foot, at which time officers sent the German shepherd, known as Quanto loose.”

Anderson later told on told Vukmanich that he didn't just attack a dog, he committed “an attack on your society and it's an attack on what's meaningful in society." However, while he also issued an order forbidding Vukmanich from owning a dog for the next 25 years, he declined to order him to pay a penalty of $40,000 to police to cover the cost of obtaining and training a new dog Crown prosecutor, stating that “the restitution matter should be handled by a civil court.” The penalty had been part of a request by the Crown (Canadian government) according to federal prosecutor Christian Lim.

Lim also noted that Parliament is now in the process of considering passing new updated legislation to protect animals that work with the police following huge public outcry. However, they have yet to give any specifics other than the fact that it would be called “Quanto’s Law.”

Quanto was the 5th Edmonton police dog to die in the line of duty.



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