ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Georgia state senator is proposing legislation to stiffen penalties for killing a police dog. Senate Bill 72 would make that crime second degree murder.
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards says that punishment would be 10 to 30 years in prison. Right now, murder in Georgia refers only to killing people, but Edwards says the importance of law enforcement dogs makes killing them a serious crime.
"Both involve extensive training [and] expense. That's why it is a substantial issue for a police dog, for example, to be killed," said Edwards.
Edwards says equal punishment for that crime is plausible... but under Georgia law, a person can not be charged for murder when an animal is killed.