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N.C. Senate votes to stiffen penalty for animal cruelty

Posted June 16, 2010

— The state Senate on Wednesday gave final and unanimous approval to a bill that would increase the penalty – from a misdemeanor to a felony – for a person who intentionally starves an animal to death from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Torturing, mutilating or disfiguring an animal would also be a felony under the measure, called Susie's Law.

The bill was named after an 8-week-old puppy that was tortured and burned and left to die in Greensboro. The suspect in that case received probation, despite pleading guilty to felony animal cruelty.

"The bill before you today raises the bar," Sen. Don Vaughan, D-Guilford, said. "Susie has created an awareness that those who torture animals ought to receive jail time, and that's just what this bill does."

The bill, which must be ratified by the state House before Gov. Bev Perdue signs it into law, will become effective Dec. 1.

Susie is now a year old and living a happy, full life with her adoptive owner.


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  • Adelinthe Jun 16, 2010

    GO FOR IT!!!

    Make it a felony to hurt a child or an animal, to any degree.

    God bless.


  • seaturtlesrule Jun 16, 2010

    Dear "readme"....

    You have to know how to spell "animal" before you can complain and whine and make no sense.

  • BigBangTheorist Jun 16, 2010

    That's undoubtedly the best legislation ever. It's about time.

  • Tarheelfan13 Jun 16, 2010

    I am not a huge proponent of some of the animal rights agendas such as PETA. But I do believe this is an outstanding bill proposal. Any person who would intentionally starve an animal either by food or water is the type of person who is likely going to be cruel and coward enough to possibly try to commit a violent crime against a human being. I believe God expects us to treat our pets in a loving and caring way.

  • readme Jun 16, 2010

    Define "Aninal." Is it okay for me to step on this cockroach or kill the mouse in my apartment? Can I proceed with my business venture to level 50 acres of forest for a subdivision, starving animals that use it for habitat? I used to volunteer for the humane society. Is it still okay for me to hold down the animals while the tech injects pink liquid death straight into their hearts?

  • cubling Jun 16, 2010

    It's about time. For too long, people have gotten a slap on the hand for horrendous acts inflicted on animals.

  • colliedave Jun 16, 2010

    good move

  • gator nation gal Jun 16, 2010