State Senate passes Law Enforcement Canine Bill

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Law Enforcement Canine Bill, developed in memory of Ape, the FBI dog killed in pursuit of Herkimer County shooting suspect Kurt Meyers, has been approved by the state senate.

The bill makes the penalty for killing a law enforcement or emergency service dog a felony. Currently, those who harm a police K9 can only be charged with a misdemeanor.

Ape was shot and killed on Thursday, March 14th when authorities stormed the former Glory Days bar on North Main Street in Herkimer in pursuit of Meyers, who had been in a 20+ hour standoff with authorities after shooting four people in John's Barbershop on Main Street in Mohawk, killing two of them and then shooting and killing two people at Gaffey's Fast Lube on Mohawk Street in Herkimer. When authorities went into the former bar in Herkimer, they said Meyers was waiting for them and opened fire, striking and killing Ape, who was protecting his human handler.

The bill passed the Senate Monday, 56-0.

It still must be approved by the Assembly before become law.

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