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GAIN drafting policy to combat animal cruelty

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - Guam Animals in Need is taking protecting animals one step further, GAIN's Julie Grady says the group is drafting new legislation to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. She says while laws against animal cruelty do exist they are rarely enforced.

"It is suggesting to the senators and government officials if people are prosecuted in cases of animal cruelty such as cases like Macon's [a Dalmatian rescued by GAIN] he was badly mistreated for a long time or that instead of just having a minimal fine or a dismissal that they will actually pay a penalty and either be required to do jail time or something other than what has been previously administered," Grady told KUAM News.

The new legislation could require penalties such as a year behind bars. Macon was found about a month ago barely alive after being nearly starved to death and locked in a cage. He is doing much better today having gained 16 pounds and has grow back much of his coat.

Macon, you may be glad to hear, has found a home...with Grady herself.

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