Romeo's Law Takes Another Step Forward

A bill named after a Pulaski County dog, severely beaten by his owner, is one step closer to becoming law.

Romeo's Law cleared a House Committee Wednesday.

The bill changes dog or cat torture from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Offenders would also serve more time in prison.

The bill has already passed the Senate, and is now headed for the full House.

No one voted against the bill Wednesday, but several legislators did pass on the vote.

Some lawmakers said they think the penalties in place now are adequate.


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  • by Emily Location: Kentucky on Oct 28, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    how much does the bill cost if you bause an animal
  • by Billy Location: Michgain on May 11, 2008 at 08:33 AM
    If we start killing these people that abuse animals, then maybe we can stop the abuse. I would rather kill a bad human over a bad animal any day, because its an animals instint and its a human CHOICE.
  • by Carla Location: Louisville,ky on Apr 11, 2008 at 02:24 PM
    I have a comment for the c location. What the h*** are you thinking??? Its people like you that we need to worry about hurting these poor animals!!!! THEY NEED THIS LAW FOR THESE BABY"S!!!!!!! And for the pit bulls, I love them. It is just how you raise them in how they are going to be.
  • by Dog lover Location: Hyden on Mar 22, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    Everyone commenting on S.B. 58 should read the text of the bill, maybe some of your questions will be answered!
  • by Hey c___ on Mar 22, 2008 at 04:24 PM
    Bla bla bla, my neighbors dog barks. Well boo hoo for you!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2008 at 10:58 AM
    You can also be charged with a felony for smacking and old lady around! Our society does not value animals over old people or children! The sponsor of the bill, Stan Lee, is one of the most staunchly pro-life politicians in the state! Everyone seems to overlook that fact.And everyone charged with animal cruelty will not automatically be charged with a felony if this is passed.However, if you run over a dog or cat intentionally, which some cold hearted people will do, you should be charged with at least a misdemeanor! Just because something is in the road does not mean the driver has no responsibility to avoid it. It's called defensive driving! Accidents happen, but come on. If you see an animal in the road, domestic or wild, slow down! If you don't you are just as cruel as the man that beat Romeo. I know sometimes animals can't be avoided. Like I said accidents happen, but there are also alot of cruel people in the world who feel nothing towards other creatures, human or animal.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Mar 22, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    There's a big difference in beating a helpless chained-up puppy and protecting yourself and your property from an angry attacking dog. Have any of you who think this bill is nonsense watched the video, this poor animal didn't have the choice to run or get away from it's abuser it was chained up. Part of the reason for this bill is that a lot of people can't seem to muster up the common sense to know the differenc.
  • by Dale Location: Lexington on Mar 21, 2008 at 05:28 PM
    Come to Lexington Bart, please.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Mar 21, 2008 at 05:04 PM
    You don't know that no one has ever been charged with animal cruelty for running over a cat or dog. Not everything makes the news. It is very likely the way this law is written that if someone hits a dog or a cat that they could be charged with this crime. Funny thing is that most pet owners seem to think that the person who hits a dog has some responsibility to stop and take care of the animal. In reality if your dog is in the road and a car hits it, you are responsible for the damages to the vehicle. "Romeo's Law" could very well be used in situations like this because the owner could claim that the operator of the vehicle intentionally hit the animal thus causing it pain and suffering. A kind hearted prosecutor and/or judge could very easily be moved by such a thing. My objection is that you can see an old woman with a walker on the street, smack her around, and just be charged with a misdemeanor. We value dogs more than old people.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    I don't believe anyone has been charged with misdemeanor animal creulty for hitting an animal with a car? Why would it suddenly happen when the penalty is changed?
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