|Posted:||February 5, 2014 12:48 PM|
|From:||Representative John Maher|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Re: Maher co-sponsor police animal penalty|
|Sometimes a particular tragedy highlights a shortcoming in the anti-cruelty laws. The recent stabbing death of K-9 Officer Rocco while performing his duties has generated considerable discussion regarding the appropriate penalties for harmful acts committed against police animals. Currently, torturing and killing a police dog involves the same penalties as merely taunting a police dog. I believe a higher criminal penalty should apply when a police dog is willfully or maliciously tortured, mutilated, injured, disabled, poisoned or killed. I plan to introduce legislation which will elevate the penalty for these actions to a felony of the second degree, which carries with it a maximum $25,000 fine and maximum of 10 years in jail.
Please consider joining me as a co-sponsor.
Should you have any questions, please contact Shelly Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-783-1522.
Introduced as HB2026