A new proposed law would change the penalty for harming police dogs. Last fall, a Jamestown, New York police dog was stabbed during a stand-off with a murder suspect.  The dog, named Mitchell, was seriously injured but survived.

Seriously injuring a police animal in the state is considered a misdemeanor with a sentence of no more than one year in jail but that could change.

The New York State Legislature is now looking to change that penalty with "Mitchell's Law," named after that Jamestown K-9. The bill would increase that crime to a felony.  For killing a police animal, the maximum penalty would 7 years in prison, and for causing serious injury, the maximum penalty would be a 4-year sentence.

The Times Union reports the New York State Senate could vote on the bill this week.


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