Friday, March 4, 2016

Senate votes to toughen penalty for attacking police dogs

(AP) — The Kentucky Senate has voted to toughen the penalty for attacking and wounding police dogs.

Under the bill clearing the Senate on Friday, anyone attacking a police service animal with a gun or knife would be guilty of a felony, regardless of whether the animal returns to duty.

Offenders would face one to five years in prison. Currently, if the wounded animal returns to service, the attacker faces a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

The same felony offense applies if someone kills a police service animal.

The bill also would require people convicted of attempted murder to serve more prison time before parole eligibility. Domestic violence victims convicted of attempted murder would be exempted from serving more prison time before parole eligibility.

The bill goes to the House.