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In Portland, Oregon a woman was traveling on a bus when her service dog was attacked and killed by a larger dog.

A big dog killed a small dog standing at its owner’s feet on a TriMet bus Sunday afternoon, an agency spokeswoman said Monday.

The smaller animal, a Pomeranian, was a service dog and therefore authorized to travel on the bus. The larger one, a mix between a Rottweiler and a Shar-Pei, was not. Its owner was subsequently barred from riding TriMet buses and trains for 30 days.

I want to thank Dogster member Victoria for bringing this story to my attention. She contacted me to help get the word out that currently there are no federal laws that make it a crime to kill or injure a service dog.

I am horrified by this story, but hope that it might spur the government to create hefty fines and jail time for injuring or killing a service dog, or allowing your dog to do so. These dogs are our lifelines, and need to be protected.

* The gorgeous girl above is Dogster member Angel Precious, an angel since October 11, 2008.

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