CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Serious animal abuse would become a felony in West Virginia under a bill passed by the Senate.
Senators on Tuesday voted 31-2 to approve the proposal and send it to the House of Delegates.READ MORE: Former Steelers WR Ryan Switzer Says Son Is Moving From ICU After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Surgery
There was no debate.
The measure would create an charge of aggravated cruelty to animals for seriously hurting or withholding food, shelter or medical treatment from an animal.READ MORE: Suspect Sentenced To 20-40 Years In Prison For Fineview Shooting
It also adds a crime publishable by up to five years in prison for torturing or mutilating an animal.
The chamber also approved a bill to update the state’s harassment statute to include penalties for harassing a person with the intent to cause suicide.MORE NEWS: Pirates Looking For All-Star Teachers
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