INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Prosecutors across the country are trying to determine when a dog should be considered a deadly weapon.
Some states like New York have classified attack dogs as a deadly weapon when attacking during the commission of a crime.
24-Hour News 8 has learned Indiana has used tough laws before against dog owners when they used their dogs to attack during the commission of a crime.
Back in 2005, the Indiana Court of Appeals convicted a woman of Class B felony aggravated battery and Class C felony battery.
Prosecutors said the woman used her pit bull to attack another woman who did not pose an immediate danger.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department have reported 204 dog bites so far this year.
Nate Harves is the owner of Sportwaffen K9. He trains personal protection dogs to guard families, homes, and business.
During a 20 minute training session, Harves showed 24-Hour News 8 how he trains his dogs to protect.
In one minute, his Schutzhund, a German word used for protection dog, is playful and lovable. However the moment when given the command the German Shepherd is ready to defend her owners.
Harves has read and seen the stories of when dogs are used to attack during a crime. That's why he believes each dog attack case should be judged case by case.
"The tripod on your camera is legal but if it is used as a weapon it will be considered a weapon," said Harves.
There's been discussions of strengthening the current animal attack code in Indianapolis. Those changes could charge more dog owners criminally instead of civilly if their dog attacks.
Thousands of people were in Indianapolis Saturday night to see Ohio State University and Michigan State University fight for the Big 10 football championship at Lucas Oil Stadium.
For years, thousands of children visiting from near and far took time out of their visit to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for a ride on Cookie, a beloved pony.
As a tribute to veterans, the Indiana American Legion dedicated a new flagpole at the governor's residence on Saturday.