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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


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 sweaver@pahousegop.com or call 717-783-1522.

Introduced as HB2026