Tennessee Bill Proposes Felony Charges for the Harm or Killing of a Police Dog

Tennessee Senate Bill 2013, “Joker’s Law,” would criminalize harming or killing a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog, service animal, or police horse as a felony but for very limited and urgent circumstances. The bill’s namesake, Joker, spent nine days in the veterinary intensive care unit after being shot in the line of duty in 2021. If enacted, the bill would become effective July 1, 2022.