Killing or injuring Fla. K-9s will earn a longer prison term

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that makes the crime a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison


By PoliceOne Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —  Killing or seriously wounding a K-9 in Florida will now result in a higher penalty.

According to local news station WTSP, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Friday that makes the crime a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The crime was previously a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The bill was inspired by the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old K-9 named Fang last year. 

The penalties would also apply to those who seriously injure or kill a police horse or K-9s used by fire departments and search and rescue teams.

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