TRENTON – The Assembly unanimously released bill A495 (78-0) which upgrades penalties for killing or maiming an animal owned or used by a law enforcement agency or a search and rescue dog.
Nelson Albano, (D-1), Vineland said there have been lots of assaults on and injuries sustained by canines during the course of investigations.
“They save lives, look for missing persons,” Albano said.
Capt. Tim Pino of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was on hand in support of the bill. His dog, Dano, was threatend by a drug dealer in 2008, he said.
Assemblyman John DiMaio, (R-23), Hackettstown, said the animals must be protected just as much as law enforcement officers.