Trained canines are an absolutely integral part of our police force in America, and in many states, these 4-legged officers enjoy the same rights and protections as their human partners.
Unfortunately, however, Kentucky is not currently one of those states.
Lawmakers in the Bluegrass State are now working diligently to pass legislation that would increase the penalties for harming a dog in the line of duty. Currently, injuring a police dog is a simple misdemeanor in Kentucky.
“Kentucky is one of six states that consider it a misdemeanor to harm a police dog, according to the United States Police Canine Association. Twelve states make it a felony to harm or kill a police dog regardless of the circumstances, while the penalties in 23 states depend on how bad the dog was harmed.