Bill Would Toughen Penalties On Animal Abusers

LANSING (AP) – People who abuse animals would face tougher penalties under legislation headed to the Senate floor.

The legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week would expand prohibitions against animal abuse and neglect to a breeders or pet shop owners. It also defines first, second and third degrees crimes of killing or torturing animals.

A person charged with animal abuse or neglect involving 25 or more animals could face up to 7 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 500 hours of community service.

Currently, the top penalty for crimes involving 10 or more animals is 4 years in prison, a $5,000 fine and 500 community service hours.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

RELATED: Registry Under Consideration For Those Convicted Of Animal Abuse

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