"On Friday, February 24, 2006, at 18:55 hrs, a Toronto Police Mounted Unit was deliberately, according to witnesses at the scene, struck by an irate driver who then fled the scene, leaving the officer and the horse in the roadway. The officer suffered neck, back and rib injuries, and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The horse, "Brigadier", a seven year-old Belgian-cross horse, suffering from massive traumatic injuries, had to be shot and killed by an officer at the scene for humanitarian reasons. The driver was arrested and charged with Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm and Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Causing Bodily Harm. No additional charges have yet to be laid.
In Canada there is no mention of Police Service Animals anywhere in the Criminal Code of Canada, therefore purposefully killing a police dog, horse or other active member police animal comes with NO additional charges, unlike many States and Countries that do protect their Police Service Animals. Letters have been written to the Canadian Federal Government, including the Prime Minister’s office, regarding a proposal to amend the Criminal Code of Canada giving Police Service Animals the much needed protection they require, under the law. The proposed amendment was nicknamed "BRIGADIER’S LAW" and is a very important issue. It is imperative for every Canadian to realize the importance and critical function Police Service Animals provide on a daily basis; from Search and Rescue, Community Oriented Policing, Public Safety and of course building a bridge between the community and the police."
You can sign the petition here: http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/bri