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(a) No person shall act recklessly so as to taunt, tease or otherwise provoke a police dog in either of the following circumstances:
(1) The police dog is assisting a law enforcement officer in the performance of his official duties at the time the taunting, teasing or provocation takes place;
(2) The police dog is not assisting a law enforcement officer in the performance of his duties at the time and the taunting, teasaing or provocation takes place but facts and circumstances would lead the actor to believe that the animal is a police dog.
(b) No person other than a law enforcement officer of this Municipality shall knowingly interfere with a police dog in the performance of his official duties.
(c) A police dog is defined as any dog that has been trained and/or is used to assist law enforcement agencies in the performance of their official duties.
(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of interfering with a police dog, a misdemeanor of the third degree. If the offender has been previously convicted of a violation of this section or the acts of the offender cause or create a risk of physical harm to the police dog, interfering with a police dog is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(1980 Code 136.15; Ord. 9-94.)