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Published April 03, 2013, 09:33 PM

House approves animal cruelty measures

The North Dakota House has approved a bill that strengthens the state's laws against animal abuse. The bill makes the most serious cases involving cruelty a class C felony.

The North Dakota House has approved a bill that strengthens the state's laws against animal abuse. The bill makes the most serious cases involving cruelty a class C felony.

The House Agriculture committee separated mistreatment of animals into four categories: neglect, abuse, abandonment and cruelty. The penalties vary depending on the crime. Most of the crimes are considered misdemeanors with abuse on a 3rd offense becoming a class C felony. Represenative David Rust says the bill addresses animal welfare while at the same time protecting the state's number one industry, agriculture. The bill passed by a vote of 90-1. The House made changes to the bill, so it moves to the Senate for review.

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