Bill Would Increase the Penalty for Animal Abuse

Cheyenne, WY – Some legislators expressed concern today that a bill could harm the agriculture industry, but the Wyoming House of Representatives passed it anyway. The bill would increase penalties for animal abuse. It would allow for animal abuse to be treated as a felony. It currently is a high misdemeanor. Sheridan Representative Rosie Berger says that she is focused on animal fighting. The bill would also allow animal control officers to remove an abused animal from a home and provide a stronger penalty to someone who has been convicted of multiple crimes. But many expressed concern about the bill. Cheyenne Representative Pete Anderson said, once you treat animals above humans, you have got a real problem.