Kelly vetoes tougher penalties for injuring, killing police dogs

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Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a bill toughening the penalties for injuring or killing a police dog, saying that the mandatory sentences are out of line with other, more severe crimes without any justification.

"The death of any law enforcement animal is a tragedy," Kelly said in a statement.

"There is no question we should hold those responsible accountable for their actions," she said.

"While the intention of this bill is commendable, this legislation needs further evaluation and study."

House Speaker Dan Hawkins . . .

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