Officer Phil Lerza, second from right, walks with his family behind fellow Pittsburgh police officers carrying a photo of Lerza's K9 partner, Rocco, center, during a funeral procession on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Rocco was an 8-year-old German Shepherd that died Jan. 30, two days after being stabbed by a fugitive suspect during an arrest
(Harrisburg) -- Anyone who hurts or kills a police animal now faces tougher criminal penalties under a new Pennsylvania law proposed and passed after the death of a Pittsburgh police dog.
Governor Corbett has signed a bill known as "Rocco's Law,'' named for a German shepherd stabbed to death by a fugitive in January.
Rocco's funeral was attended by about 1,200 people.
Lawmakers revised the criminal offense to make it a second-degree felony.
It now carries a sentence of up to 10 years and a $25,000 fine.
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