The Kentucky senate has passed a bill that would make the assault of a police K9 with either a knife or gun a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Current law stipulates that a person guilty of assaulting a police K9, assuming that K9 returns to duty at some point, is only guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail.
The new legislation makes such an assault a felony whether or not the K9 is able to return to duty.
The bill will now head over the the Kentucky House of Representatives.
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