Governor Beshear Signs Romeo's Law

Those found guilty of abusing animals in Kentucky will now face some tougher penalties.

Governor Beshear signed Romeo's Law into law during a ceremony in Frankfort Monday afternoon.

The bill is named after a Pulaski County dog, whose abuse was caught on tape.

Romeo was on hand for today's signing.

Under the law, dog or cat torture will now be considered a felony, instead of a misdemeanor.

Supporters of the law say the public helped get it passed quickly.

"It's been overwhelming, the support we have seen across the state," Courtney Girdler from the Pulaski County Humane Society said. "And it's just wonderful that people have come out and let their voice be heard for those who can't speak for themselves."

Anyone convicted under Romeo's Law could face up to 5 years in prison.

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  • by Tony Location: Frankfort on Jun 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    Bart has a 5th grade education everybody, so please don't pay him any attention. He got hit with the stupid stick repeatedly!
  • by Val on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    Do not even give Bart -the idiot- a second of your time. He is obviously one of the ones this law is for.
  • by Val on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    Who is this idiot Bart?
  • by Joe Location: Eubank, Ky on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    My nephew has a beautiful dog and one of his neighbors shot the dog inbetween the eyes with a 38 and walked off and left the dog to suffer. The dog was laying along my nephews fence line when he was shot. My niece heard the shot and came out and they took the dog to the hospital. So far the Dr. put the eye back in his head and the dog is home. So far the police nor anyone has done anything to the neighbor for coming up there and doing this. Who do they call to get this sicko locked up for doing this? Thanks Have a wonderful day
  • by sandy Location: somerset on Aug 3, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    To Bart---we rescued a dog that had been tied to a tree with a cable. the cable was imbedded in the dog's neck---Bottom line, the dog's neck had grown, the cable could not expand, so it had no place to go than to cut into the dog's neck (about 3") ---the cable had cut into the vocal cords---we have also rescued dogs with every rib showing--others living in cages so small they could barely turn around, no food, water or shelter---puppies in an open top cage,in the middle of a winter sleet storm, eating their dead litter mate because there was no food or water ----these are some of the cases of animal abuse Romeo' Law will address.
  • by Donna Location: Louisville on May 3, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    Thank God we finally have a law to protect the innocent animals. Bart,I hope you are not an animal abuser; your comments make me uneasy.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Apr 30, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    ... and how does this law define torture, Ashley? The iron maiden? NO! When people start being charged under this law for ridiculous things, I will be here to laugh at and mock you! Meanwhile you will be rightfully hiding your head in shame.
  • by Ashley Location: Frankfort on Apr 29, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    To Bart: (edited) This law applies ONLY to the torture of dogs and cats. It has nothing to do with a car accident in which you accidentally hit an animal, or with training methods, or with trying to prevent an animal from destroying your property. It doesn't even deal with run of the mill abuse or neglect... This law deals only with TORTURE. And the fact of the matter is, anyone who tortures a dog or cat, should go to jail. Period. Thank goodness this bill is finally law.
  • by j on Apr 29, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    It's about time..those of us who care for our pets the way we're supposed to, are very appreciative.
  • by Mrs.Fletch on Apr 28, 2008 at 06:11 PM
    This is great,but is it only dog and cat abuse? What about starving abused horses?
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