2013 Indiana General Assembly

Indiana lawmaker from C.P. works to protect police dogs

2013-02-06T18:30:00Z 2013-02-06T19:55:04Z Indiana lawmaker from C.P. works to protect police dogsDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 06, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | A person who injures or kills a police dog acting in the line of duty could be required to pay for the animal's medical treatment or its replacement cost under legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday.

State Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point, is sponsor of House Bill 1093, which permits a judge to order a convicted criminal pay restitution to a police department for maiming or killing its dog.

"There are many dogs that lose their lives defending officers and also helping the citizens of our state," VanDenburgh said. "And it's a huge cost to citizens and local government."

VanDenburgh said the cost to replace a police dog is about $12,000.

Two Crown Point police dogs — Buddy and Radar — "testified" in support of VanDenburgh's proposal, along with their officer partners, Cpl. Jeff Eldridge and Officer Stanko Gligic, during the committee hearing.

The legislation now advances to the full House.

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