(April 20) – A bill by Rep. Su Ryden, D-Aurora, to stiffen financial penalties for purposely harming certified police-working dogs passed the House on a voice vote this morning.

HB16-1348 will allow a person to be held responsible for restitution that includes training and certification costs in addition to any veterinary bills and replacement costs of the animal if the dog is disabled or killed as a result of the incident. Training police dogs is very expensive, costing as much as $20,000.

“We all know how important it is for our law enforcement officers to have the right tools for every situation and dogs are an integral part of their work,” said Rep. Ryden, D-Aurora. “A person who intentionally causes harm to these animals must be held responsible.”

The bill proceeds to a third reading.

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