Representative Buddy West Honored by local and state officers

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A local Congress Memeber was honored by local and state police officers on Wednesday.

State Representative Buddy West was honored for his efforts in getting a bill passed, making it illegal to kill a service animal while in the line of duty.

The whole idea behind this bill came about when K-9 officer Pinto from Andrews was killed in the line of duty.

Mr. West says even though there was a pre existing law,  the punishment didn't fit the crime.

"It had been suggested but it was a very minor, Class 3 Felony to injure or maim, but that was just a slap, and so we increased it to Class 2," Rep. West said.

West was honored by both the Professional Police Officer Association of Odessa and the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas.