Pa. House votes to toughen penalty for killing police dogs

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 19, 2014 5:38 AM

(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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