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Senate approves Lanane proposal to study penalty for harming police K-9s
Start Date: 3/19/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/19/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana Senate recently passed an amended proposal from the House of Representatives to increase accountability for individuals who harm law enforcement dogs. The amendment offered by State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and included in the legislation would assign an interim study committee to determine a suitable criminal penalty for the offense.

“Canines are a tremendous asset to our law enforcement officers, and those who harm them ought to be held accountable,” Sen. Lanane said. “This amendment grants a thorough study of the appropriate punishment for harming these animals.”

The original version of House Bill (HB) 1093 held that criminals convicted of permanently disabling or killing a police dog would be responsible for paying for a K-9 replacement, veterinary and other costs. The legislation follows the killings of two Anderson police dogs within 30 days of one another during summer 2012 and financial burdens sustained by the Anderson Police Department. The cost of a law enforcement K-9 ranges from $8-12,000, while some training fees can total up to $15,000.

Sen. Lanane’s amendment brings the matter before an existing 2013 legislative interim study committee to comprehensively consider the appropriate sentencing for persons convicted of harming a K-9 while on duty. Currently, a person who injures such an animal may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor while the penalty for killing or permanently disabling a K-9 is a Class D felony.

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. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S25 . 

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NOTE: Audio of Sen. Lanane can be found below:
SEN. LANANE:
“I was able to have an amendment put into the bill yesterday which will also study the issue of what is the appropriate sentence…”

http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/audio/Lanane.K9s.031913.MP3
(Length – 00:31)
 

A photo of Sen. Tim Lanane can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Lanane.JPG

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: emannies@iga.in.gov
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