This is something that animal advocates like to hear. You’ll find that the majority of animal advocates feel that law enforcement and animal welfare laws don’t do enough to catch and punish animal abusers and that applies just about anywhere on the planet but in this case Arizona’s law makers have made a difference.
From today Tuesday 27 August 2019, prosecutors of animal abuse cases can charge a class 5 felony and hand down tougher sentences to criminals who intentionally abuse animals.
I am told by abc15.com that until today the worse cases of animal abuse where labelled class 6 felonies and these were often reduced in negotiations between prosecutors and defence to misdemeanours which is exactly what animal advocates don’t like to see because it meant that the worst abusers were getting a slap on the wrist.
“There was an amazing outpouring of support for this legislation…It is saddening that the worst abusers would get a simple slap on the wrist. We are so heartened that the people of our state have been heard and that pets have a voice.” – Dr. Steven Hansen, Arizona Humane Society (AHS) President and CEO.
And it is also welcome that convicted animal abusers, as part of their sentence, will receive treatment and supervision. This is very important as a good percentage of animal abusers are arguably mentally ill or on drugs.
“…a key component to getting abusers they help they need” – AHS
AHS has fought for tougher penalties for animal abusers for many years as have many people concerned about animal welfare across the US. For instance there are many pages on this site about weak sentencing. And there are many pages and posts on Facebook about justice for abused animals.