Canada Introduces Five Years Jail Sentences For Killing Police Dogs And Service Animals

A new federal law that institutes a maximum jail sentence of five years for anyone convicted of intentionally killing a police dog or service animal is now in effect.

On Thursday, Tim Uppal, the federal minister of state for multiculturalism, met with Edmonton police officers to mark the enactment of Quanto’s Law.

The law was named for Edmonton police dog Quanto, who was fatally stabbed in the RCMP headquarters parking lot while he was helping to apprehend a fleeing suspect nearly two years ago.

Paul Joseph Vukmanich was sentenced to 26 months after pleading guilty to six charges, including one for killing the dog. At the time, the only charge that could be laid relating to the death of Quanto was animal cruelty, accounting for 18 months of the total sentence.

The sentencing prompted heated discussion Canada-wide about the need to send a strong message to those who would hurt a service animal.

In 2014, the federal Conservatives brought forward Bill C-35; the Justice for Animals in Service Act, and passed the legislation creating a specific charge for harming service animals, including police dogs, horses, and other service animals.

“This sends a strong message to anyone that was to injure or kill a service animal in the line of duty will be met with very serious consequences,” Tim Uppal said. “They’re there to protect us and we should be protecting them.”


Read more in the Huffington Post.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.ca


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