PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man has been convicted of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh police dog in an incident that prompted state lawmakers to stiffen the penalty for harming police animals.
An Allegheny County judge didn't immediately set a sentencing date after 22-year-old Stowe Township resident John Rush was convicted Monday of a charge of torture of a police animal.
Police say Rush stabbed the dog in the back and wounded two officers trying to arrest him in January on warrants for violating probation and failing to register as a sex offender.
Rush also was convicted of 10 of 11 other charges he faced. He was acquitted of a charge he burglarized a building.
Rush says he stabbed the dog in self-defense. He faces up to seven years in prison on the dog charge, which now carries up to 10 years in prison.