The Indiana Senate will be consider a bill Tuesday that would make law breakers pay to replace police dogs seriously hurt or killed in the line of duty. The bill will be heard in the Corrections & Criminal Law Committee.
The bill was proposed following the high-profile deaths of two Anderson K-9s last summer after a shootout involving police and suspects. Anderson Police Chief Larry Crenshaw says the highly-trained dogs are difficult to replace.
“If you‘re taking situations where you‘re searching buildings and such, it‘s hard to beat the skill set of a dog. They have such great traits as far as seeing, smelling and the ability to go places,” he says.
Crenshaw says police dogs can cost anywhere from $3000 to nearly $15,000, and the bill would require anyone involved in significantly harming a dog to reimburse police departments for that cost. Crenshaw says if a dog is killed or has to be retired, police departments can’t always afford the replacement price.