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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers has endorsed a bill that would increase the penalty for intentionally killing a police dog.

The Deseret News reports that the proposal would bump intentionally or knowingly killing a police dog from a third-degree felony to a second-degree felony.

Police officers attended the House Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Committee meeting on Wednesday to show support for the bill.

Republican state Rep. Eric Hutchings of Kearns says it’s a measure to make people feel good and show the proper amount of respect to an animal that served valiantly.

The committee voted 11-0 to advance the bill to House floor. It passed the Senate last week.


Information from: Deseret News,