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Police Dog Killed in Line of Duty Honored in New Jersey

NJ K9 killed in the line of duty November 30, 2010.

NJ K9 killed in the line of duty November 30, 2010.

Police officers and community members gathered Thursday afternoon to honor a police dog killed in the line of duty in New Jersey.

Thursday's ceremony at Gloucester Township Community Park included the unveiling of a K-9 memorial sign in honor of  Officer Schultz, the police dog who was killed November 30, 2010.

The 3 1/2-year-old German shepherd was killed after it sank its teeth into the forearm of a robbery suspect it had tracked by scent for a half-mile.

Police say the suspect swung his arm and Schultz was thrown into the path of a car into oncoming traffic.

Twenty-year-old Skyler Robinson is charged with the dog's death. Schultz joined the police force in 2008 and was given his name as the result of a school essay contest. He was named after former Philadelphia Flyers hockey player Dave "The Hammer" Schultz.

South Jersey lawmakers are now working on a law targeting K-9 cop killers.

The law would set a mandatory five-year jail term for anyone convicted of killing a police dog.

It will be named "Shultz's Law" after the K-9 recently killed in the line of duty last week.

Shultz's law also would cover dogs killed during search-and-rescue operations.

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