Man-bites-dog bill hard for lawmakers to swallow
ANNAPOLIS - The man-bites-dog bill has bitten the dust.
Legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that would have imposed civil penalties on people who harm police dogs during the commission of a crime was killed by the House Judiciary Committee.
The bill, sponsored by Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, drew support from local police during a hearing earlier this week. A Frederick County Sheriff's Office corporal told of an incident last week in which a bite was taken out of his dog's ear while the animal was trying to subdue a suspect.
"I think to disobey the dog is to disobey the police, and that's just wrong," Poole said.
Police officials said the cost to purchase and train a new police dog is $15,000 to $20,000. The legislation would have allowed police agencies to recoup that cost.