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Missouri bill to up penalties for harming police dogs fails


February 11, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Monday voted down a bill that would have increased the penalties for injuring or killing police dogs after a bipartisan group of primarily black lawmakers spoke out against it.

The measure failed 73-68 in the House. If enacted, people convicted of killing or incapacitating police dogs and other animals used by law enforcement would have faced at least three years behind bars and possibly 10. The current penalty is up to four years imprisonment, but there's no mandatory minimum prison sentence.

The measure gained traction this year after Cha...

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