Virginia Senator Introduces Bill To Make Cat & Dog Abuse A Felony

Virginia Beach Senator Bill DeSteph, a Republican, has introduced Senate Bill 1604 which would make it a felony for anyone who abuses a family pet. 

According to the legislation, currently the law requires the dog or cat to die as a direct result of torture or inhumane injury or pain before anyone is charged with a felony.

The new law would increase the charge from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony for any unnecessary beating, maiming, mutilating, or killing a dog or cat.  Anyone found guilty could get up to five years in prison. 



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