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Senate approves Arnold measure to seek restitution for injured, killed K-9s
Start Date: 3/19/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/20/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate recently passed a measure sponsored by State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) to increase accountability for individuals who harm law enforcement animals.

“The financial toll police departments face to replace canines that die in the line of duty is overwhelming,” Sen. Arnold said. “This bill would help minimize this problem by holding criminals responsible for restitution costs when police dogs are injured.”

House Bill (HB) 1093 provides that criminals convicted of permanently disabling or killing a police dog would be responsible for paying K-9 replacement costs. Compensation may also be required for animal training and veterinary bills. The same sentence would apply to individuals who injure a police dog after interfering with its actions in assisting an officer. The cost of purchasing law enforcement K-9s ranges from $8-$12,000, while some training fees total up to $15,000.

In addition, an amendment was added to HB 1093 to assign an interim study committee the task of determining a suitable criminal penalty for the offense. The amendment will bring the matter before an existing 2013 legislative interim study committee to develop a comprehensive approach to the fair conviction of those charged with killing or permanently disabling police dogs in the line of duty.

HB 1093 unanimously passed out of the Senate Committee on Corrections and Civil Law, and the full Senate by a vote of 42-7. The bill will now return to the House of Representatives where the author of the bill will have the opportunity to consider changes made in the Senate.

Sen. Arnold represents District 8 in the Indiana State Senate which encompasses the majority of LaPorte County including the City of LaPorte and the eastern part of Michigan City. It also includes western St. Joseph County and Davis, Oregon, Washington, Center and Jackson townships in Starke County.

For more information on Sen. Arnold, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit


NOTE: A photo of Sen. Jim Arnold can be downloaded at:

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
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