Animal Abuse Bill Passes Senate Committee

A major development Thursday in a bill that calls for more serious charges against people who torture dogs or cats.

A Senate version of the bill cleared a committee, and animal rights groups say they're optimistic it can become law.

The bill would change the first offense of torturing a dog or a cat from a misdemeanor to a felony.

The legislation is essentially the same as Romeo's Law, which has not seen much action in the House. Supporters say regardless of what is passed, the bill will still be named after the Pulaski County dog that was beaten last summer.

Backers of the bill say it's also important to increase penalties for those convicted of animal abuse because they say many people will tire of torturing pets, and then turn on people.

On Thursday, the bill sailed through the committee, but not without some concerns.

Some people fear the bill may not be strongly enforced.

If the bill passes the full Senate, supporters say it's likely to get a favorable reading in the house.

If it passes, a person convicted of dog or cat torture could spend 1 to 5 years in prison. The current penalty is usually less than 1 year in a county jail.

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  • by Vicki Location: Your BFF in Michigan on Oct 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    Hey Jenia you ROCK. Keep up the good work and I'm thinking of you every day.
  • by Anonymous Location: eastern kentucky on Mar 10, 2008 at 02:46 PM
    this is to the person so-called wow or wow jr. I would certainly hate to stand in your shoes when the Lord comes back because if you don't change your ways and your ATTITUDE of certain things i'm afraid you are gonna be in for a very rude awakening. my friend the Lord says in the end every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess. I pray that you can find some peace in your very confused mind. Remember GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: southeast kentucky on Mar 10, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    It's a funny thing to me that anymore you can get more time for hurting or killing an animal than you can for a baby, whether its still in the womb or already born.
  • by Observer Location: Somewhere on Mar 10, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    This is so pathetic.Wow location Richmond....If you would ,please look back and slowly read the comments again.....Now do you see how foolish you are? These people on here are only making comments based on their opinions and you come along and try to offend each one of them that do not see it the way you do.I am also proud to see that ME! in KY is not ashamed to profess our Savior.But I think Me! and WOW only like to argue. Maybe it is a game for them????
  • by Jay Location: KY on Mar 10, 2008 at 04:13 AM
    Thanks, WOW, you made me laugh today! Of course it was out of pity for your enormous "intellect", but still a good laugh!!
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 09:01 PM
    Wow in Richmond...I can see that you are one that only likes to argue. You are the kind of person that is right and the world is wrong. As far as hunting, I have a freezer full of deer right now. We eat it all the time. There is nothing wrong with that. The reason I said you just like to argue...if you were not so defensive, you would have read in my earlier comment that I agreed with you about your dog. What gives you the right to call me arrogant and ignorant? I do believe in God and Jesus Christ.I don't change my "rules'. There is no rules to live by only commandments. I am not perfect and have never claimed to be.But I am far from ignorant or arrogant. To be arrogant is to get on here and try to make yourself big by making comments as you have done.As for our Pitts...the day is coming that the government will try to outlaw them. WOW read slowly on that I said "our".Read a book, the BIBLE would be a great place for you to start.I don't know you but I love ya even when you call names
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    Anyone that will beat on animals will beat on their kids, I have seen it time and time again. You animal abusers are low life's
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Mar 9, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    @Mary Location: Ky and ME!, You are both arrogent and ignorant. What proof do either of you have that there is a god littlone hes your god? Christianity has more divisions than any otehr religion you cnat even agree on your own rules. Your book is an add on to the jews old testiment. You really need to get over your self superiority. Also I never needed religion as the smarter people are the more they can explaing things for themselves without a 600year old book that you try to pass off as 2000years. 1 word for you all. FOSSIL!! ABout my dog he loves to play tug of war with a rope and when hes around adults he can be a little much because of his weight not his bite. When my 2yrold grand niece plays with him he gently takes the rope and walks not drags her around the room while she laughs. So some reading and stop being a hick. Its called a book on pit bulls go read one some time as they were always killed when they bit a human! Who here still hunts for all their food? GROCERY!!!
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    (cont) I know of a case right now that a druggy mother had 4 kids. She got out of jail and seen the checks she could get. She turned on her own parents and had the kids taken away for abuse. I know for a fact the kids were not abused. Our justice system has taken these kids and see the mother as the victim. Where is the justice in that. Now these kids that knew only one home are separated and I am sure scared to death. I also agree that dogs have feelings. Mine show emotions like sad, mad, happy,scared and hurt.Anyone that thinks it is a crime to hunt or slaughter cattle need their heads examined.By the way God is real and someday all of you who think different will face him.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 9, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    Wow in Richmond. I have nothing but pity for you. Of all the statements you made the one that stood out to me first was "false God". Who do you think gives you air to breathe?The only comment you made that I agree with was about the Pit Bull Dogs.I have a Pit and a Jack Russell. They are my protection, my companions, and they are my friends.As for hunting being do any of you think people have survived all these years?I do think anyone that abuses an animal the way Romeo was done should be punished. But to say hunting and slaughter of cattle is cruel is plain stupid.Anyone that don't eat the meat from a hunted deer should not be allowed to kill them.But lets face it, if there was no hunters all you against hunting would then be crying because hit one in your car.Kids and elderly are the ones that need protection.I know we have laws to protect them. But how many times do these so called laws put abused kids right back in the home?


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