Governor Wolf has officially signed new legislation to protect police dogs in the line of duty.
House Bill 940 nicknamed Titan’s Law was introduced by State Representative Jim Rigby
Following the death of a Johnstown K-9 officer in November of 2020.
Police say K-9 officer Titan died after falling down an elevator shaft
While responding to a burglary at an abandoned building in the Woodvale section of the city.
The new law expands the penalties for incidents when a police animal is injured or killed
By individuals committing felonies.
We spoke with Titan’s handler last week about the importance of this bill being signed into law.
“To start with, I don’t think until that happened to Titan, that anybody knew there was no law on the books. It wasn’t until after that happened that we found out there was really nothing to charge those people with.”
Prior to his death K-9 Titan served the city of Johnstown for 6 years with the police department.