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Bill sets stricter penalties for animal cruelty

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - Legislation has been introduced that would toughen up animal cruelty laws on Guam from facing a petty misdemeanor to - depending on the abuse - a second or third degree felony.  The legislation was introduced by Senator Judi Guthertz on behalf of animal advocacy group Guam Animals In Need.

"It gives the police more authority to intervene," said the senator. "It gives the courts more authority to penalize intentional abuse of animals, particularly domestic animals in our community."

GAIN's Cindy Bartels hopes the bill becomes law, noting that the measure offers a deterrent to the mistreatment of animals. Currently the fines for animal crimes can range as low as $50; she adds many animal cruelty cases are never prosecuted.

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