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Governor signs new animal cruelty bill

Governor signs new animal cruelty bill

by SUSAN WYATT

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KING5.com

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 11 at 1:28 PM

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a bill that closes a loophole in existing animal cruelty laws.

Under existing law, anyone convicted of felony animal cruelty or repeated animal cruelty violations can still own a “similar” pet. Someone accused of abusing a cat could own a dog and vice versa.

The new law states that anyone convicted of abusing an animal will be prohibited from owning, caring for or living with any similar animals

  • For two years for a first conviction of animal cruelty in the second degree or
  • Permanently or a first conviction in the first degree or
  • Permanently for a second or subsequent conviction of animal cruelty.

The law also increases penalties for those who violate the prohibition to own or care for an animal.

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