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Haley signs new K-9 liability law in Upstate

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signs the bill in Taylors. (Aug. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina) South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signs the bill in Taylors. (Aug. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina)
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley with K9 officers and deputies. (Aug. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina) South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley with K9 officers and deputies. (Aug. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a ceremonial bill signing for a law enforcement dog liability bill, at the Greenville County Sheriff's Office Training Center on Thursday.

The governor officially signed the bill into law June 12, but will celebrate it today. The new law gives law enforcement working with K-9s more court protections when their dog bites a criminal suspect.

Prior to this law, South Carolina's strict liability statute for dog bites meant that essentially any criminal suspect that was bitten by a police dog, regardless of whether the bite was warranted or not, could sue and collect a settlement.

This new law, however, would not give police K-9s immunity. It states that K-9s must be certified, on-duty, responding to a lawful command or other otherwise acting according to their training.

Those who believe they are wrongfully bitten can still sue.

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