Schultz’s Law went into effect immediately Tuesday after N.J. Gov. Chris Christie signed it.
Those found guilty of killing a police dog now face a mandatory five-year prison sentence without the chance of parole. The law is named for a Gloucester Township Police K-9 killed in the line of duty last year when a suspect threw him into traffic.
As Gloucester Township Patch reports, Christie signed the bill the same day a jury indicted the man accused of killing Schultz. More than $70,000 has been raised to construct a memorial honoring Schultz and enhance the K-9 unit in the township.