Legislation that would toughen penalties for those who deliberately injure or kill a police dog has passed the Pennsylvania Senate.
Senate Bill 1261, also known as Rocco’s Law, would make the crime a second-degree felony with a fine of up to $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison.
The offense is currently a third-degree felony.
Senators from Allegheny County proposed the bill after Rocco, a Pittsburgh police dog, was fatally stabbed in January while helping to capture a suspect.
The Senate is also poised to vote on a companion measure, House Bill 2026, which would increase the penalty for torturing a police dog.