Another Attempt To Increase Penalty For Killing Police Animals
Another attempt is being made in Jefferson City to increase the penalty for killing a police dog. The legislation is named in honor of St. Joseph Police K-9 Officer Max, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2021. State Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, of Parkville, is proposing to enhance the penalty for killing a police dog, which is currently a low-level felony. . .
At present, someone convicted of killing a police dog can be charged with a Class E felony, a low-level felony count often associated with property crimes. Luetkemeyer’s legislation, called Max’s Law, would make it a Class D felony, carrying a possible seven-year prison sentence. The bill has cleared the Missouri Senate and has been sent to the House.