Local law enforcement officials are applauding a new state law that makes killing on-duty police dogs a more serious crime.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the measure.

The law elevates killing on-duty police dogs or horses to a felony from a misdemeanor.

The so-called "Ape's Law" got its name from an FBI dog that was shot in a standoff earlier this year.

And for Trooper Stacy Bauter of the state police and his bomb-detecting partner, "C-J," the new law is long overdue.

"Even though he's a four-legged animal, he's also a police officer and a tool able to respond to dangerous situations, so it's of utmost importance to protect him along with protecting every police officer," said Bauter.

The new law will go into effect on November 1.