(Harrisburg) -- The state House is giving its unanimous approval to a proposed law to make killing or torturing a police dog a second-degree felony.
Lawmakers have voted to send the Senate a bill 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 measure'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.
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