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H.R. 1791 (rh) To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for harming animals used in Federal law enforcement. [Reported in House] ...


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106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1791


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                            October 13, 1999

  Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for harming 
                animals used in Federal law enforcement.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Federal Law Enforcement Animal 
Protection Act of 1999''.

SEC. 2. HARMING ANIMALS USED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
``Sec. 1368. Harming animals used in law enforcement
    ``(a) Whoever willfully and maliciously harms any police animal, or 
attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title and 
imprisoned not more than one year. If the offense permanently disables 
or disfigures the animal, or causes serious bodily injury or the death 
of the animal, the maximum term of imprisonment shall be 10 years.
    ``(b) In this section, the term `police animal' means a dog or 
horse employed by a Federal agency (whether in the executive, 
legislative, or judicial branch) for the principal purpose of aiding in 
the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of laws, or 
apprehension of criminal offenders.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the 
end the following new item:

``1368. Harming animals used in law enforcement.''.

            Passed the House of Representatives October 12, 1999.

            Attest:

                                                 JEFF TRANDAHL,

                                                                 Clerk.

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