Service dog harm gets penalty

A newly enacted law penalizes people who attack service animals.

The law expands current law to make it illegal to hurt animals so they no longer can perform their functions, such as helping blind or otherwise handicapped people.

"I wish we didn’t need this type of law at all, but sadly, an unfortunate incident in Minneapolis last fall reminded us how important it is to protect these types of animals and their families," said Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis.

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