- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A police dog who was the namesake for a New Jersey law that stiffened penalties for injuring or threatening the lives of law enforcement animals has died.

Somerset County authorities say Dano, a 13-year-old narcotics-sniffing Belgian Malinois (male-in-WAH’), died last week. He had been in declining health and was due to retire at year’s end.

“Dano’s Law” came about after the canine was threatened in 2008 by a suspected drug dealer.

Although the suspect was later arrested, Dano’s handler voiced concern about his family’s safety because he took the dog and K-9 vehicle home with him.

The measure signed into law last year by Gov. Chris Christie makes it a fourth-degree indictable offense to threaten the life of a police dog. Offenders can face up to 18 months in prison.



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