New bill would impose severe penalties for animal cruelty

Would increase the maximum jail time

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State lawmakers are considering a bill that would impose harsher penalties for animal cruelty charges.

If the bill gains enough support in the Legislature, and ultimately the governor’s signature, it would increase the maximum jail time from 5 to 7 years and the maximum fine from $2,500 to $5,000 for anyone convicted of killing, maiming or poisoning animals.

The bill would also create a task force to brainstorm other ways to strengthen the state cruelty laws.

“Because we have to protect our animals. And be a good example for our younger generation that that’s not right. So I do support it,” said Marisol Franco of Westfield.

The Committee on Ways and Means ordered a third reading of the proposed bill.

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