(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) -- State Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, has said he is working on introducing legislation that would increase the penalties for killing a law enforcement K-9 in the line of duty.
The republican from Platte City says he's doing it in response to the recent shooting of K-9 Max of the St. Joseph Police Department. Many, including Luetkemeyer, say they believe that the current penalty for killing a police K-9 is not harsh enough. It is currently classified as a Class E felony, the lowest category of felonies, and considered a property crime.
The legislation Luetkemeyer is working on would raise the charges to a Class D felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
"In many cases lives are saved because of the amazing things that these dogs can do," Luetkemeyer said. "Certainly, I think an argument can be made that in the case of K-9 Max there may have been a loss of human life had it not been for his intervention."
Luetkemeyer is proposing the new bill to be called "Max's Law" in honor of the fallen St. Joseph K-9. He says he plans to pre-file the legislation at the state capitol in Jefferson City in December.