NFL Player Under Investigation For Barking at Police Dog
Accordingly to the 4-year-old German Shepherd’s handler Deputy Maria Watts, Armstrong exited the locker room, lifted his shirt and pounded his chest, and began “barking really loudly and screaming ‘Hey dog, hey dog.’” Knowingly taunting or striking a police dog is a third-degree felony in Pennsylvania and carries with it a maximum sentence of seven years in prison or a $15,000 fine.
While that may sound ridiculous, Watts’ account underscores why it’s generally a bad idea to taunt police dogs. Afterwards, the dog became agitated: “He obviously wants me to let him go because he’s being agitated. I imagine with his training and experience he would have gone to his target who was taunting him.”
“The dog was going crazy,” another deputy told the BBC. “The deputy was trying to control the dog the best she could. We were immediately notified about the incident, and we immediately initiated a criminal investigation into the matter,” he said.
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