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UPDATE: Christie Signs 'Schultz's Law' Same Day Indictments Handed Up in Case

Two Washington Township men are charged in the dog's death, which led to the new law, and the robbery of a Blackwood Chinese restaurant.

UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law "Schultz's Law," a measure that strengthens the penalties for those found guilty of killing a police animal.

The prior law required a prison sentence of three to five years. The new law, which goes into effect immediately and was sponsored by Sen. Fred Madden and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, requires a mandatory five-year prison sentence.

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Authorities have announced indictments in the Nov. 30, 2010, Chinese restaurant robbery in Blackwood that led to the death of a beloved police K-9 along Route 42.

Skyler Robinson, 21, and Evan Scotese, 20, both of the Sewell section of Washington Township, were indicted Tuesday on the following charges in connection with the robbery of Lucky Dragon Chinese restaurant: three counts of robbery and single counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated assault.

Robinson was additionally indicted on two counts of causing injury to a law-enforcement animal and a single count of resisting arrest in connection with the pursuit that ended when he allegedly tossed K-9 Schultz into oncoming Route 42 traffic.

Check back with Gloucester Township Patch later for more on this story.

Jay B June 23, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Mandatory 5-year sentences are a good start, but I'd like to see caning or castration added to the punishment for anyone who kills one of these fearless 4-legged officers.
Tracey Pickard Lynch June 23, 2011 at 03:26 AM
I feel the penalty for killing a police dog should be the same as killing a police officer.. These animals also put their lives on the line for us...
nick panaro July 01, 2011 at 07:31 PM
The sentence for killing a law enforcement animal should be the same as killing a law enforcement human! These animals put there lives on the line without any fear or question! The killers should pay the same! Thank you--- nick panaro---
Denise Fallows Ringenary July 07, 2011 at 10:53 AM
I will never understand how heartless certain human beings can be in this world, including the creepy robbers mentioned in this article. To do what they did to Shultz, who was such a beautiful animal and provided such a service to the Gloucester Twp Police is a tragedy. How cold they are and have reached such a low in their way of living to not only rob someone, but throw an animal out in traffic. The punishment should be for them suffer such a horrible death as what Shultz experienced.l My thoughts and and prayers are with Shultz's handler and the entire Gloucester Twp Police Squad. Also need to mention I lived most of my life in Gloucesster Twp, where my parents still live, although I now live in Lanc. County Pa. This article hit me hard not only as an animal lover, but because it happened in my old home town.
Joey Shmoe March 04, 2012 at 06:39 AM
im sure skyler felt bad about the dog as it was viciously chewing his arm off, of course he would try to swing it off, if anything it should come back onto Picard for not watching the dog and letting it run across a highway!
Michelle Wolfson March 04, 2012 at 08:37 PM
If he was not engaging in criminal activity to begin with, the dog would have had no provocation for chasing him or attempting to apprehend him. That was his job. The only people it "comes back on" are the two criminals who thought it would be a good idea to toss their lives away for a few measly dollars. And now they must pay. So, I hope it was worth it.

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