Dog, Cat Cruelty Bill Defeated in Arkansas

Failure of dog, cat cruelty bill leaves crime a misdemeanor.

Posted: March 30, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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An Arkansas bill to make cruelty to dogs and cats a felony was defeated March 26 in a split vote by a House committee.

Senate Bill 777 failed in a 5-8 vote by the House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee. Under the bill, aggravated cruelty to dogs and cats would have become a Class D felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Sue Madison, passed last week in the Senate in a 21-5 vote, after receiving the endorsement of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the House, the bill was presented Rep. Pam Adcock, then referred to the Agriculture Committee.

Adcock said she was “extremely disappointed” by the vote but that she did not plan to present the bill again.

Although SB 777 was shot down, many in the state, including the Arkansas Farm Bureau have come out in support of House Bill 2788 by Rep. Rick Saunders.

Saunders’ bill would make aggravated cruelty to a dog, cat or horse a Class A misdemeanor on first offense and a Class D felony on any subsequent offense occurring within five years of a previous aggravated cruelty offense.

HB 2788 passed in the House last week in a 57-26 vote. It has since been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Animal   Between, YT

9/29/2009 7:17:13 AM

The only thing I have to say is that this Government is an outrage and that they are going down in a few years at this rate.

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Jackson, Reesie, and Porscha (dogs, Winthrop(cat)   Charlotte and Cheraw (SC and NC), SC

8/6/2007 1:27:07 PM

This IS SO UNFAIR! ASPCA should strike, and so should all other animal lovers. While I'll admit the $10,000 dollars is a little harsh, depending on what was done, up to six years seems completely agreeable to us.

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T-going to the dogs!   Cincinnati, OH

4/2/2007 8:49:02 PM

Knock, Knock...HELLO, out there...yeah, you know who you are...the ones in the "HOUSE", are you people just plain nuts or what????? the Senate & Judiciary Comm. got it together, where were you folks?? huh?? How could any of you sleep peacefully again..knowing how you just help kill millions more of the many good, beautiful & innocent "beating hearts"..because you didn't pass that 777 BILL? I'm sure you do have "pets or animals", but none of you deserve to ever have them again..if you can't vote to help SAVE THEM, then YOU do NOT deserve to have them!!! When you go home & look in their eyes tonight, remember how you just took away the lives of many, many of their extended next of kin! If they could talk our language in words, they would let you know how hurt & disappointed they were in you, then pack-up & leave and never look back at you!!!! I love this country and have always respected the law, but you "jerks" have played right into the hands of the very bad & filthy, have disgraced yourselves, your official position & this country by not voting for a GOOD BILL, that would help put away the "horrible-ones" and help "SAVE THE GOOD ONES"! You complain of animal over-population, but when you get the chance to help with that very same situation, you sit right there & do nothing to help it, even when the BILL was laid right in your laps! No dog treats for you(only the Senate & the Judicial get those!) all you deserve is a "Turd"!!!!!

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Sandi   Lake Milton, OH

3/30/2007 5:27:15 AM

Thats a shame someone can abuse an animal and just get away with it. If they don't want them, then give them to a loving home. Don't abuse them.

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