The Pennsylvania State House has passed a bill that would increase the penalty for anyone who kills or tortures a police dog.

The House voted today to send the bill to the Senate.

It would make the crime a second-degree felony.

Penalties would include up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

The bill was written in the wake of the death of a Pittsburgh police dog named Rocco who was stabbed to death by a fugitive back in January.