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Illinois Lawmakers Want To Add Penalties For Killing Police Dogs

CORRECTS TO GLINIEWICZ FROM GLINIEWITZ- A police K-9 team rest after searching for suspects in the shooting of a police officer Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of the three-decade member of the department and a father of four sons. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)

Illinois lawmakers are moving toward adding penalties for people who kill police dogs in DUI crashes. The Illinois House approved the plan yesterday. Rockford state Rep. Joe Sosnowski said there currently are penalties for DUI’s and penalties for killing a police dog in a shooting or stabbing, but there are no penalties for killing a police dog while driving drunk. His plan would make it a felony. Some Democrats at the Illinois Capitol aren’t sure about the idea as they don’t want to create new crimes in the state.

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