At least three animal protection bills will be presented this session. We ask that you contact your legislators in the house and senate to ask them to co-sponsor the following bills. You can find your representatives and their contact info here.
Animal Cruelty Bill, Senate: Senator Angela Hill. Highlights: A first time offender of aggravated animal cruelty can be charged with a felony (currently a misdemeanor), animal abusers will be registered in FBI database, offenders can be charged with up to ten counts of cruelty (currently one).
Animal Cruelty Bill, House: Representative Greg Snowden. Very similar to the senate bill above.
Dog Fighting Bill, Senate: Senators Bob Dearing, Billy Hudson, Dean Kirby, Juan Barnett. Fines of $1,000 per animal in custody up to $50,000, maximum sentence of 25 years- one year per dog. For spectators: minimum $1,000 fine and 2 years' imprisonment. Offender is responsible for the cost of care for the animals.