Title 16, Chapter 11, Section 107
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Accelerant detection dog" means a dog trained to detect
(2) "Bomb detection dog" means a dog trained to locate bombs or
explosives by scent.
(3) "Firearms detection dog" means a dog trained to locate
firearms by scent.
(4) "Narcotic detection dog" means a dog trained to locate
narcotics by scent.
(5) "Narcotics" means any controlled substance as defined in paragraph (4) of Code Section 16-13-21 and shall include marijuana as defined by paragraph (16) of Code Section 16-13-21.
(6) "Patrol dog" means a dog trained to protect a peace officer
and to apprehend or hold without excessive force a person in
violation of the criminal statutes of this state.
(7) "Police dog" means a bomb detection dog, a firearms detection
dog, a narcotic detection dog, a patrol dog, an accelerant
detection dog, or a tracking dog used by a law enforcement agency.
"Police dog" also means a search and rescue dog.
(8) "Police horse" means a horse trained to transport, carry, or
be ridden by a law enforcement officer and used by a law
(8.1) "Search and rescue dog" means any dog that is owned or the
services of which are employed by a fire department or the state
fire marshal for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection
of missing persons, including but not limited to persons who are
lost, who are trapped under debris as a result of a natural or
manmade disaster, or who are drowning victims.
(9) "Tracking dog" means a dog trained to track and find a missing
person, escaped inmate, or fleeing felon.
(b) Any person who knowingly and intentionally destroys or causes
serious or debilitating physical injury to a police dog or police
horse, knowing said dog to be a police dog or said horse to be a
police horse, shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction
thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor
more than five years, or a fine not to exceed $10,000.00, or both.
This subsection shall not apply to the destruction of a police dog
or police horse for humane purposes.