Two South Jersey legislators want a mandatory five-year jail term for anyone convicted of killing a police dog.
Their proposal, called "Schultz's Law," takes its name from a Gloucester Township K-9 who died in the line of duty last week. A memorial service with full police honors for the dog was scheduled for this afternoon at a Gloucester Township park.
Authorities say that Schultz was thrown into traffic on Route 42 while the K-9 was trying to subdue a robbery suspect on the night of Nov. 30. A Washington Township man, Skyler Robinson, 20, is charged with the dog's death.
"Schultz died a hero," state Sen. Fred Madden, D-Gloucester, a sponsor of the bill, told the Courier-Post.
"Targeting and killing a police dog should be viewed no less harshly than directly assaulting a police officer," said Madden, who served 28 years with the New Jersey State Police and is dean of Gloucester County's Police Academy.