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Governor Inslee to sign animal cruelty prevention bill today

May 11, 2015
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IMAGE: Erika Johnson, animal control officer and cruelty investigator with Joint Animal Services with Thurston and Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey addresses the Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee during the public opinion hearing on SB 5501 concerning revisions to the state's animal cruelty provisions on February 3, 2015 in Olympia, Wash. Johnson held up a photo of Bella, a dog who was brutally abused by children while the mother watched. Johnson feels that adding malice or extreme indifference to life would allow her to press charges on people who just don’t care, whether or not this person inflicted the injury. (Photos by Karen Ducey Photography)

Erika Johnson, animal control officer and cruelty investigator with Joint Animal Services with Thurston and Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey addresses the Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee during the public opinion hearing on SB 5501 concerning revisions to the state’s animal cruelty provisions on February 3, 2015 in Olympia, Wash. Johnson held up a photo of Bella, a dog who was brutally abused by children while the mother watched. Johnson feels that adding malice or extreme indifference to life would allow her to press charges on people who just don’t care, whether or not this person inflicted the injury. (Photos by Karen Ducey Photography)

Thinking about locking your pet in the car while you go shopping?  Better think again. A new law strengthens the state’s animal cruelty bill making it possible for law enforcement officers to give you $125 ticket.

Olympia, WA – Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law today, May 11th, a stronger state animal anti-cruelty bill. Introduced by the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies this law will aid animal control officers and prosecutors in preventing and addressing animal cruelty.

Issues addressed in the bill include animal fighting, the unsafe confinement of animals, strengthening the definition of animal cruelty and concealing pet animals.

 

 

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