AR-News: (US-vt) Lawmakers reach deal on animal cruelty bill
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Sat May 8 10:30:21 EDT 2004
MONTPELIER - House and Senate negotiators Wednesday ended a nearly
three-year standoff and agreed to make animal cruelty a felony crime in
Vermont for the first time.
The proposed law was spawned in 2001 in response to the slashing of two
Shetland ponies in Swanton. But a combination of politics and
disagreements over how far reaching the law should be prevented House and
Senate leaders from striking a deal until now.
It has long been a felony to kill a domestic animal by causing it undue
pain and suffering. The proposed law makes it a felony to torture,
mutilate or cruelly beat an animal regardless if it died. Current law
classifies such crimes as a misdemeanor.
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