Following last week's shooting death of an FBI-canine, "Ape," in Herkimer, Senator Joseph Griffo is urging legislators to pass a bill that would increase penalties for killing a police dog.

Griffo is a co-sponsor of the bill which would make it a felony to harm all law enforcement and emergency services canines.

He says under current state law, those who harm a canine can only be charged with a misdemeanor.

The bill has passed the Senate in previous years

Griffo joined Senators in urging that the Assembly also take up the legislation for consideration.