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Surrounded by some of Alabama’s top canine cops and rescue dogs, Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill on Wednesday which is aimed at protecting animals used in law enforcement.

His bill, which goes into effect in August, will criminalize those who harass or interfere with the duties of the animal or the handler, and assault, injure, kill or attempt to kill the dogs and other animals such as horses used in law enforcement.

“These dogs are very important, not only in police work, but in rescue,” Bentley said. “They’re well-trained, and we need to make sure they’re protected. In Alabama, we didn’t truly have a law to protect them like they do in other states.”

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