Change § 5511.2 of Police Animal laws to include 1st degree Felony
  • Petitioning State Rep. Marc Gergely

This petition will be delivered to:

State House of Representatives - Pennsylvania
State Rep. Marc Gergely
Pennsylvania-043
State Sen. Jay Costa
Pennsylvania-034
State Rep. Paul Costa

Change § 5511.2 of Police Animal laws to include 1st degree Felony

    1. Jaclyn M.
    2. Petition by

      Jaclyn M.

      Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Police K-9 Rocco was stabbed severely during the apprehension of a wanted sex offender and later succumbed to his injuries on January 30th, 2014.  It is believed that if it wasn't for Rocco, his handler could have been killed.

 K-9 Rocco's death 'great loss for city of Pittsburgh'

Let's honor Rocco by making a change!

Currently, Pennsylvania law (§ 5511.2) lists the assault or the killing of a K-9 dog as a 3rd degree Felony punishable by only a maximum of 7 years in prison.  The laws instated to protect our human law enforcement officers do not apply to K-9 dogs and therefore puts K-9 dogs and their handlers in grave danger. The current laws are unacceptable.

To protect our K-9 dogs and their handlers, I ask you to support the following changes of the law to:

 -5511.2 (a) Any person who willfully taunts, torments, teases, beats, kicks or strikes a police animal commits a felony of the 2nd degree.

- 5511.2 (b) Any person who willfully tortures, mutilates, injures, disables, poisons, or kills a police animal commits a felony of the 1st degree.

Please sign this petition to get the attention of our state representatives to help support this change in law and protect the dogs and humans that serve and protect. 

 

In addition to signing this petition, please copy and email the following letter to our state representatives.  

Contact Rep. Costa

Contact Rep. Gergely

Contact Senator Costa or costa@pasenate.com 

 

Dear Pennsylvania Representative Paul Costa, Representative Marc Gergely, and Senator Jay Costa:

My name is [Insert Your Name] and I reside at [Insert Your Address], Pennsylvania.  I am a concerned citizen. 

Pittsburgh Police K-9 Rocco was stabbed during the apprehension of a suspect and later succumbed to his injuries on January 30th, 2014. Currently, Pennsylvania law (§ 5511.2) lists the assault or the killing of a K-9 dog as a 3rd degree Felony punishable by only a maximum of 7 years in prison. The current law is unacceptable.

I would like your help to change this law.  To protect our K-9 dogs and their handlers, I ask you to support the following changes of the law to:

 - 55511.2 (a) Any person who willfully taunts, torments, teases, beats, kicks or strikes a police animal commits a felony of the 2nd degree.

- 55511.2 (b) Any person who willfully tortures, mutilates, injures, disables, poisons, or kills a police animal commits a felony of the 1st degree.

I hope you support these necessary changes in the law.  Thank you for your time and considering my request. I look forward to your prompt response.

 

 Sincerely,

[Insert Your Name]

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. "Rocco's Law" Advances by Unanimous Consent!!!!

      Jaclyn M.
      Petition Organizer

      The House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny/Washington) that would strengthen felony charges for anyone who deliberately harms or kills a K-9 officer in the line of duty.

      http://heroesmemorial.org/content/roccos-law-advances-unanimous-consent

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Tim Wilkins VERO BEACH, FL
      • 13 days ago

      I love all dogs!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Alma Ulicny WEXFORD, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      To protect K9 Officers and their handlers!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Shanna Miller WARDENSVILLE, WV
      • about 1 month ago

      In my opinion killing a police k9 is like killing a police officer, should be treated as such.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • liu wai ling N.T., HONG KONG
      • about 1 month ago

      Please change S5511.2 of police animals law to include 1st degree felony ,

      Currently Pennsylvania law ( S5511.2 ) lists the assault or the killing of a K-9 dog as a 3rd degree Felony punishable by only a maximum of 7 years in prison , The laws instated to protect our human law enforcement officers do not apply to K-9 dogs and therefore puts K-9 dogs and their handlers in grave danger , The current laws are unacceptable , To protect our K-9 dogs and their handlers , Please to support the following changes of the law to , --- 5511.2 ( a) any person who willfully taunts , toments , teases , beats , kicks , or strikes , a police animals commits a felony of the 2nd degree , --- 5511.2 ( b) any person who willfully tortures , mutilates , injures , disables , poisons or kills a police animals commits a felony of the 1st degree.

      please to get the attention of our state representatives to help support this change in law and protect the dogs and humans that serve and protect , Please support these necessary changes in the law , Thank you for your time . please look forward to your prompt response , Thank you

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Jennifer Haney DANVILLE, VA
      • about 1 month ago

      If they are going to be trained and used to serve and protect us than they should be protected by our laws.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.