Quanto remembered with plaque at RCMP headquarters
Police dog who died in the line of duty spurred calls for new legislation
Edmonton’s most famous police dog who died in the line of duty was remembered Wednesday with a memorial plaque.
Quanto, a German Shepherd who served with the EPS canine unit, died one year ago after he was stabbed by a suspect fleeing from police.
The plaque erected Wednesday at the “K” Division RCMP headquarters in Edmonton sits about 100 metres from where Quanto was stabbed.
“Police dogs are loyal partners who do what is asked of them. A year ago today, Quanto did what was asked and died because of it, “said RCMP Deputy Comm. Marianne Ryan in a statement.
“Quanto’s death was a loss felt by the entire Canadian police community across Canada, and particularly here at “K” Division where it hit very close to home.”
The dog’s death also spurred calls to change legislation protecting service animals. The proposed law would make it a crime to harm or kill a police dog in the line of duty. Currently the strongest charge that can be laid is cruelty to an animal.
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Paul Vukmanich, the man who killed Quanto, has been charged with several criminal offences related to the incident –including animal cruelty – and has been sentenced to 26 months in prison.