Northampton County's top cop is calling on lawmakers to clarify state animal cruelty laws.

District Attorney John Morganelli says right now there's no clear answer as to whether it's legal to put down a pet by shooting it.

Current law states that euthanasia by way of injection is the "exclusive" method of killing domestic animals, like cats and dogs. But it doesn't say whether using firearms is okay, so Morganelli says he wants to know if pet owners have that right.

He says his request is part of a plan to create tougher punishment for animal abuse.