Animal Cruelty Legislation Makes Progress

By: Stephanie Stang
By: Stephanie Stang

An animal cruelty bill is moving along in Frankfort but not exactly as bill supporters hoped it would. The Kentucky Senate recently passed a bill making it a felony to torture cats or dogs, but only for repeat offenders.

Animal rights activists wanted the bill to convict an abuser on the first offense. Currently a first offense is only a misdemeanor. The bill passed 32-0 with little discussion and now heads to the house.

Animal activists are hoping the House will amend the bill, back to is original state, making it a first offense felony. If you would like to contact a state legislator about this bill you can call 1-800-372-7181. Extended Web Coverage

Why Should You Want to Stop Animal Abuse?

  • Studies of prison inmates show that 75 percent of violent offenders had early records of animal cruelty.

  • Studies have shown that families that were reported for animal abuse also had children listed as "high risk" for abuse and neglect.

  • In a Utah State University study, out of 101 female victims of domestic violence, 73 reported that the abuser either threatened or harmed their pets.

  • Animal abuse has been found to be an indication of child abuse, it has been found that animals are abused in 88 percent of the families where children are abused.

  • Ted Bundy, David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz and Jeffrey Dahlmer all had histories of repeated animal cruelty.

  • Animal cruelty carries felony-level penalties in about one-third of the United States, and is still treated as a minor crime in most places, according to the Humane Society.

  • In the 401 animal abuse cases reviewed, 15 percent ended with someone going to court, and only eight percent received a jail sentence.

Source: Web Reports

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