Quanto’s law

Tough penal­ties in ef­fect for killing po­lice dogs and ser­vice an­i­mals

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

“This sends a strong mes­sage to any­one that ... to in­jure or kill a ser­vice an­i­mal in the line of duty will be met with very se­ri­ous con­se­quences.” Tim Up­pal, fed­eral min­is­ter of state for mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism

A new fed­eral law that in­sti­tutes a max­i­mum jail sen­tence of five years for any­one con­victed of in­ten­tion­ally killing a po­lice dog or ser­vice an­i­mal is now in ef­fect.

On Thurs­day, Tim Up­pal, the fed­eral min­is­ter of state for mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, met with Ed­mon­ton po­lice of­fi­cers to mark the en­act­ment of Quanto’s Law.

The law was named for Ed­mon­ton po­lice dog Quanto, who was killed in the line of duty nearly two years ago.

Quanto was stabbed in the RCMP head­quar­ters park­ing lot while he was help­ing to ap­pre­hend a flee­ing sus­pect.

The man who killed Quanto was sen­tenced to 26 months in prison for a string of crim­i­nal of­fences, in­clud­ing an­i­mal cru­elty, and was banned from own­ing a pet for 25 years.

Act­ing Staff Sgt. Adam Se­gin says the help that po­lice dogs and ser­vice an­i­mals in gen­eral pro­vide is re­mark­able and it’s nice to see a for­mal recog­ni­tion of their value.

“This sends a strong mes­sage to any­one that ... to in­jure or kill a ser­vice an­i­mal in the line of duty will be met with very se­ri­ous con­se­quences,” said Up­pal. “They’re there to pro­tect us and we should be pro­tect­ing them.”

While the law was sparked by the death of Quanto, the leg­is­la­tion ap­plies to all ser­vice an­i­mals used in law en­force­ment, the mil­i­tary and for in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties or spe­cific med­i­cal needs.

CP PHOTO

Ed­mon­ton po­lice of­fi­cer Const. Matthew Wil­liamson looks over at a photo — of him and his ser­vice dog Quanto, who was killed in the line of duty — at the Pu­rina An­i­mal Hall of Fame event in Toronto in 2014. A new fed­eral law pre­scrib­ing a new max­i­mum jail term for any­one con­victed of in­ten­tion­ally killing a po­lice dog or other ser­vice an­i­mal is now in ef­fect.

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