Viewpoint: Animal Cruelty Laws - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Viewpoint: Animal Cruelty Laws

 A new Georgia law now allows felony charges in cases where animals are brutalized. And an Albany woman now faces a felony charge of cruelty to animals in a case where a puppy was stabbed.

"To viciously and purposely grab an innocent animal and stab it should be considered a felony and I believe it does in this state," said Donna  Strickland, executive director of Albany Humane Society.

Previously, law enforcement could charge offenders with misdemeanors which usually means very little, if any, jail time. Now anyone convicted of a felony cruelty to animals charge will face a tougher punishment. We believe this law will help reduce the number of animal abuse cases in our state.

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