It might be considered widely known that provisions under the law for the protection and safety of our beloved pets and domesticated animals have been in place for some time.
Violation of MGL Ch. 272 §77 'Cruelty to Animals' is punishable both by imprisonment and/or a fine of not more than $2,500.
Perhaps a little less known is that an additional layer of legal protection is afforded police horses and K9 officers. Violation of MCL Ch. 272 §77A 'Willfully Injuring Police Dogs and Horses' is also punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
In addition to risking their lives while protecting our cities and towns, these animals often become targets for retaliation as noted by WCVB's Reward Offered in Poisoned K9's Death.
Siren, a 5 year old Westport Police K9, had to be put down after ingesting rat poison which his handler believes was planted in his yard for retaliation for his own years as a police officer. The Westport Police Department is seeking help from anyone who has information that might lead to a suspect. Siren's partner is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps track down the person behind the alleged poisoning.