Benton, AR asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Arkansas

Q: Is killing a K9 dog a felony and considered murder?

If purposely causing the death of a police K9 can you be charged with murder in Arkansas

2 Lawyer Answers

Adam Joseph Childers

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • North Little Rock, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: Purposefully killing a Law Enforcement K9 is considered a Class D felony under Arkansas Code 5-54-126.

James E Hensley Jr

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Conway, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: NO! Murder is the killing of a human by another human. Believe it or not, this question was on the bar exam twenty years ago. It's still on the bar exam because some lawyers don't know the definition of murder. The question usually involves a very smart monkey, dolphin, puppy, etc.

The fact in the question usually reports a monkey or dolphin using sign language or clicks and pops to communicate with humans. The monkey has a family of little monkeys or the dolphin has several members of this family. The monkey can shop and balance a checkbook. Since this monkey and dolphin were so human-like, shouldn't his killing be a murder? Nope. Remember, human killing human.

Hey, don't kill a K-9. Lots of trouble. Probably a felony. Lots of money. Even in the movies, you can kill mothers, fathers, grandparents, snakes, and even children, but if a dog is ever killed the movie will catch all kinds of grief.

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