Man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in death of Edmonton police dog Quanto

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EDMONTON - A man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the death of an Edmonton police dog.

Paul Joseph Vukmanich repeatedly stabbed the dog named Quanto last October while he was fleeing from police.

Officers had set the German shepherd loose after Vukmanich crashed a car with stolen plates and ran away on foot.

Police complained at the time that the strongest criminal charge that could be laid was cruelty to an animal.

The federal government said in its fall throne speech that it plans to bring forward "Quanto's Law" to protect police animals, but didn't specify what that might entail.

Vukmanich pleaded guilty to a total of six charges, which included animal cruelty and flight from police.

Geographic location: Edmonton

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