Stricter Animal Cruelty Act in Arkansas Advances

Proposal includes extra jail time for abusing a dog, cat, or horse in the presence of kids.

Posted: January 24, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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 years and younger, the bill also 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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chris   mansfield, AR

5/3/2009 9:00:33 AM

My renter just left 4 dogs and moved - ripped her a new one when I t/t her. BUT the officer said he has to, by law, offer them back to her. She left them outside in this recent storm with no food or shelter. She said she was sorry. Any thoughts? Wish I could post her name.

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Genete   Santa Maria, CA

1/26/2009 4:33:25 PM

This needs to pass throughout the country. We HAVE TO HAVE stiffer penalties & punishments for those that mistreat, abuse, neglect, & most of all torture animals. I am sickened at the common place of these atrocities & hope to see a great change in my lifetime. These precious animals need us to protect them.

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me   plymoth, CT

1/25/2009 8:27:58 PM


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Anna   Maple Grove, MN

1/25/2009 2:39:21 PM

Thanks for the info! The most strict they are with animal cruelty, the less there will be of it!

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