Taken from the Thursday Waterbury-Republican American 12-18-14
Police Dog who inspired New Jersey Law Dies
Somersville N.J. A police dog who was the namesake for a New Jersey law that stiffened penalties for injuring or threatening law enforcement animals has died.
Somerset County authorities say Dano, a 13-year old narcotics-sniffing Belgian Malinois, died last week. He had been in declining health and was due to retire soon.
“Dano’s Law” came about after the canine was threatened in 2008 by a suspected drug dealer. The measure makes it an offense to threaten a police dog. Offenders can face up to 18 months in prison.