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Harsher laws for harming police dogs

Updated: Wednesday, March 19 2014, 09:56 AM CDT
Posted by: Lea Jolan (LJWilson@sbgtv.com)

Harrisburg, Pa. (AP)- The Pennsylvania state House is giving its unanimous approval to a proposed law to make killing or torturing a police dog a second-degree felony.

The House voted Tuesday to send the Senate a bill that was prompted by the stabbing death in January of Pittsburgh Police dog Rocco.

Police say Rocco was killed by a fugitive suspect during an arrest. His funeral was attended by about 1,200 people.

The bill's sponsor says current law allows for the same penalties for killing a police dog as for merely taunting one.

The new proposal would impose up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

A Senate Republican spokesman says it's likely to pass that chamber as well. 

 Harsher laws for harming police dogs


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