Arkansas Advances Stricter Animal Cruelty Act

Proposal includes extra jail time for abuse in the presence of children.

Posted: Jan. 23, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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Arkansas lawmakers voted 34-0 for legislation that calls for making aggravated cruelty to a dog, cat or horse a felony on first offense.

Lead sponsor of Senate Bill 77, Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville, also has the support of the Arkansas Farm Bureau and animal welfare groups. The bill has been ordered to the House for consideration.

According to the act, the cruelty offense would be punishable by a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In cases where a person is convicted of mistreating an animal in the presence of a child 16 or younger, the bill includes a five-year sentencing enhancement.

Currently, cruelty to animals is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.


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Rajnil Lal    Hayward, CA

7/14/2009 5:40:48 PM

good job

Pat    Omaha, NE

1/28/2009 6:28:55 AM


Phil    Salina, KS

1/25/2009 12:32:27 PM

What good are Animal Cruelty & protection Laws, if states like Kansas fail to enforce them. Only in Salina, Kansas can you steal a disabled vets service animal and get away with it, according to the Salina(KS) Police Department and the Salina Journal Newspaper Deputy Editor Sharon Montage this is NOT a crime? What planet are these people on. BOYCOTT SALINA, KANSAS. Pass it on...Tell you friends and family.

Whisper    Bristow, VA

1/23/2009 4:33:31 PM


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