GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey lawmakers want a mandatory five-year prison term for anyone who kills a police dog.

State Sen. Fred Madden and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty introduced a bill they call “Schultz’s Law” earlier this week.

It’s named for a Gloucester Township K-9 killed last week while trying to subdue a robbery suspect. A memorial service for the 3-year-old German shepherd is scheduled for Thursday at a Gloucester Township park.

Madden, who served 28 years with the New Jersey State Police, told the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill that killing a police dog should be viewed no less harshly than assaulting a police officer.

Killing a police dog currently carries a penalty of three to five years in prison.

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