COLUMBIA, S.C. — The handlers of K-9 partners killed on duty are asking legislators to increase the penalties for people who kill a police dog.
Under a bill discussed Thursday by a House Judiciary panel, anyone convicted of killing or torturing a police dog could spend between two and 10 years in prison. The crime is currently punishable by up to five years.
Deputy Brandon Surratt said criminals get longer prison sentences for property crimes than killing a beloved partner and protector. His dog, Anderson County K-9 Hyco, was shot and killed last October.
The panel delayed voting on “Fargo’s and Hyco’s Law.” Subcommittee chairman Rep. David Weeks says legislators are concerned the proposed penalties may be too high.
Fargo was a Richland County K-9 killed by a robbery suspect in 2011.