Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill increasing the penalties for anyone convicted of killing or injuring a police dog.
The bill makes it a felony not only to kill a police dog but also to cause great bodily harm to one. And it requires restitution, which could mean payment of purchase and training of a new dog, in addition to all vet bills for an injured dog.
On hand for the Tuesday bill signing were Roseville Police Officer John Jorgensen and his German Shepherd K-9 partner, Major, which was stabbed four times in the back and paralyzed while investigating a burglary last fall. The legislation came about because of that incident.