New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is really advocating for animals.
He has now signed "Dano's Law" to treat threats against law enforcement animals as seriously as threats against their handlers. The legislation includes horses on mounted police duty.
Sponsored by Somerset County’s representatives Assemblyman John DiMaio and Senator Kip Bateman, the law was named after two of New Jersey's most successful K-9 dogs, Dano and Vader.
A threat against the life of a law enforcement animal is now a fourth-degree indictable offense, punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000, according to nj.com.
"As [police canines] selflessly protect their partner and the public we must ensure threats against these brave animals are taken seriously," said Bateman. "Cowardly criminals who threaten the life of a law enforcement animal will now receive the punishment they deserve."
Just last week, Christie signed "Patrick's Law" to enforce tougher animal cruelty laws for his state.
We extend our sincere thanks to everyone involved in passing such an important law for law enforcement animals.
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