ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law making it a greater crime to kill a police animal, legislation inspired by the shooting of an FBI dog during an upstate shooting rampage.
The so-called ``Ape's Law'' was named for the 2-year-old Czech German Shepherd killed by Kurt Myers as it led the way for officers who stormed an abandoned bar where Myers was hiding. Myers was killed by return fire from police who were hunting him after he killed four people and wounded two others in the Mohawk Valley in March.
The new law elevates killing an on-duty police dog or horse to a felony from a misdemeanor. The signing was announced Wednesday. The law takes effect on Nov. 1.