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TN Governor Signs Bill Giving Police Dogs Special Legal Protection

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam signed Aron's Law Friday, which was named in honor of a police dog killed in the line of duty 17 years ago.

The law now makes the intentional killing of a police, fire or search and rescue animal a felony offense.

It was named after a Metro canine officer who was killed during a bank robbery in 1998. K9 Aron was shot as he tried to position himself between the suspect and his handler, Metro Officer Terry Burnett.

On the surface, this may seem like a good measure for protection and a heartwarming way to honor a fallen police dog, but what happens when a police officer shoots your dog in the state of Tennessee? One family has been fighting legal battles for years over their dog that was killed by a Tennessee police officer in 2003 after they were pulled over and misidentified.