Bill would make anyone who kills, disables police K-9 pay to buy new dog

Dogs can cost $12,000

INDIANAPOLIS - Anyone convicted of killing or permanently disabling a police dog would have to pay the cost of replacing the animal under a bill moving through the Indiana Legislature.

   The House voted 97-0 on Tuesday to approve the bill and send it on the Senate for consideration.

   Bill sponsor Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh of Crown Point says police departments face spending up to $12,000 to buy and train a dog.

   Current law makes it a felony punishable by six months to three years in prison to kill or badly injure a police dog, but judges have the option of whether to order the payment of reimbursement cost.

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