Legislation that would toughen penalties for those who deliberately harm or kill a K-9 officer in the line of duty is headed to the Pennsylvania Senate.
Senate Bill 1261 was approved Monday by the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
The measure would amend Pennsylvania's Dog Law to increase penalties for the torture or killing of a police animal from a third to a second degree felony.
The second degree felony comes with a fine of $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison.
A companion bill, House Bill 2026, has unanimously passed the state House of Representatives.