- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would punish people who hurt or kill dogs, horses and other animals used in the line of duty by law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The bill was approved Thursday night in a 43-6 vote.

Offenders could be fined as much as $20,000 and jailed for up to five years.

The bill was amended by the House and had to return to the Senate for approval. It was sponsored by Republican Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.

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