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HF 141

1st Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/18/2011 11:53am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; increasing penalties for injuring public safety dogs;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 609.596.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 609.596, is amended to read:


609.596 KILLING OR HARMING PUBLIC SAFETY DOG.

Subdivision 1.

Felonynew text begin; mandatory restitutionnew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endIt is a felony for any person
to intentionally and without justification cause the death of new text beginor great bodily harm to new text enda
police dog, a search and rescue dog, or an arson dog when the dog is involved in law
enforcement, fire, or correctional investigation or apprehension, search and rescue duties,
or the dog is in the custody of or under the control of a peace officer, a trained handler, or
an employee of a correctional facility. A person convicted under this subdivision may
be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than two years or to payment of a fine of not
more than $5,000, or both. deleted text beginIn lieu of a fine, the court may order the defendant to pay
restitution to the owner to replace the police dog, search and rescue dog, or arson dog, in
an amount not to exceed $5,000.
deleted text end

new text begin (b) The court shall order a person convicted of violating this subdivision to pay
restitution, up to $25,000, for the costs and expenses resulting from the crime. Costs and
expenses include, but are not limited to, the purchase and training of a replacement dog
and veterinary services for the injured dog. If the court finds that the convicted person is
indigent, the court may reduce the amount of restitution to a reasonable level or order it
paid in installments.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Gross misdemeanornew text begin; mandatory restitutionnew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endIt is a gross
misdemeanor for any person to intentionally and without justification cause deleted text beginsubstantial
or great
deleted text end new text begindemonstrable new text endbodily harm to a police dog, search and rescue dog, or an arson
dog when the dog is involved in law enforcement, fire, or correctional investigation or
apprehension, search and rescue duties, or the dog is in the custody of or under the control
of a peace officer, a trained handler, or an employee of a correctional facility.

new text begin (b) The court shall order a person convicted of violating this subdivision to pay
restitution, up to $10,000, for the costs and expenses resulting from the crime. Costs and
expenses include, but are not limited to, the purchase and training of a replacement dog
and veterinary services for the injured dog. If the court finds that the convicted person is
indigent, the court may reduce the amount of restitution to a reasonable level or order it
paid in installments.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Misdemeanor. new text end

new text begin It is a misdemeanor for any person to intentionally and
without justification assault a police dog, search and rescue dog, or an arson dog when the
dog is involved in law enforcement, fire, or correctional investigation or apprehension,
search and rescue duties, or the dog is in the custody of or under the control of a peace
officer, a trained handler, or an employee of a correctional facility.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Definitions.

As used in this section:

(1) "arson dog" means a dog that has been certified as an arson dog by a state fire
or police agency or by an independent testing laboratory;

(2) "correctional facility" has the meaning given in section 241.021, subdivision 1,
paragraph (f);

(3) "peace officer" has the meaning given in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph
(c); and

(4) "search and rescue dog" means a dog that is trained to locate lost or missing
persons, victims of natural or other disasters, and human bodies.