Senate Approves Animal Cruelty Bill
TOPEKA - Senators were unanimous Thursday in their desire to see deliberate killing, maiming or torturing of animals become a felony. (Previously, KS was one of only 6 or so states where animal cruelty is a misdemeanor.)
Their 40-0 vote sent a bill rewriting the law against cruelty to animals to the House.
Humane societies and pet lovers have been pushing for a change in the law for years, at first inspired by the case of Scruffy, a Yorkshire Terrier beaten and burned to death in Kansas City, Kan., in 1997.
Interest intensified this year because of the death in August of Magnum, a mixed-breed pupp found in a Wichita trash bin, wrapped in wire with cuts, a broken leg, and chemical burns. Magnum died of his injuries.
Supporters said making animal cruelty a felony sends a message that the state treats the crime seriously. In the past, there has been opposition to the idea because the typical punishment for a low-level felony is probation. But the bill, in addition to making the crime a felony, mandates a 30-day jail term for anyone who intentionally kills or causes great pain, suffering or injury to an animal.
Some trouble is expected when it reaches the House, but first things first.
Secondly, I had my evaluation today. I got my raise, and my insurance paperwork, which kicks in on the 1st.