Delegates Vote Today On Bill Against Animal Cruelty

The Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on Bill SB1604, which in select cases, will change punishment for the crime of animal cruelty from a misdemeanor to a felony.

With the change, punishment for the crime will increase from a Class One misdemeanor to a Class Six felony in cases where a dog or cat is unnecessarily beaten, maimed, mutilated, or killed. The bill includes SB1276, which relates to using an animal to threaten another human being, namely a family member or anyone else living in the household.

Click HERE to learn more about the legislation. Contact your delegate and/or senator right now to let them know how you feel about the legislation and animal cruelty itself!