While Armstrong might have thought he was merely getting pumped up for the game by being rude to the dog, his actions could have serious consequences.
"Legally, he could have been arrested on the spot," chief deputy Kevin Kraus told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We believed that there was sufficient probable cause to make an arrest."
Under state law, it is a third-degree felony to "willfully or maliciously taunt, torment, tease, beat, kick or strike a police animal." Even though he didn't make contact with the animal, if convicted, Armstrong could face seven years in jail and a maximum fine of $15,000.