Change the Indiana state law in regards to the killing of a police K9.

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On November 13th 2019 Harlej a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois with the Fishers Police Department died after he was shot when finding a man hiding in woods that was being chased by officers of the Fishers Police Department. Under current Indiana law the suspect can only be charged at the maximum with a level 6 felony. Level 6 felonies are punishable by at least six months in jail (a misdemeanor sentence) or as much as two and a half years in prison (a felony sentence), and a fine of up to $10,000.

Indiana Code Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure § 35-46-3-11

Sec. 11 . (a) A person who knowingly or intentionally:
(1) strikes, torments, injures, or otherwise mistreats a law enforcement animal;  or
(2) interferes with the actions of a law enforcement animal while the animal is engaged in assisting a law enforcement officer in the performance of the officer's duties; commits a Class A misdemeanor.
(b) An offense under subsection (a)(1) is a Level 6 felony if the act results in:

(1) serious permanent disfigurement;

(2) unconsciousness;

(3) permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ;  or

(4) death of the law enforcement animal.

(c) It is a defense that the accused person:(1) engaged in a reasonable act
of training, handling, or discipline;  and

(2) acted as an employee or agent of a law enforcement agency.

(d) In addition to any sentence or fine imposed for a conviction of an offense under this section, the court:

(1) may order the person convicted to make restitution to the person or law enforcement agency owning the animal for reimbursement of veterinary bills;  and

(2) shall order the person convicted to make restitution to the person or law enforcement agency owning the animal for reimbursement of the cost of replacing the animal, which may include the cost of training the animal, if the animal is permanently disabled or killed..

This is unacceptable. Law Enforcement Canines are an extension of their human partners and put themselves in danger in place of their handlers, which sometimes leads to their death or serious injury. We need to be their voice and honor them in their ultimate sacrifice.

For killing a K9 in the line of duty should be charged with the minimum of a level 2 felony.

Level 2 Felonies
In Indiana, Level 2 felonies are punishable by ten to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Voluntary manslaughter is a Level 2 felony in Indiana. (Ind. Code Ann. § 35-50-2-4.5