Animal cruelty penalties measure heads to Holcomb’s desk

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People convicted of animal cruelty could face higher penalties under a bill that’s headed to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk.

The Evansville Courier & Press reported that the measure was approved Wednesday by the House on a 92-0 vote that sends it to Holcomb for consideration. The legislation is House Enrolled Act 1615.

If the governor signs it into law, animal cruelty offenses such as abandoning or abusing an animal that are now charged as Class A misdemeanors could be charged as Level 6 felonies.

The bill was authored by Democratic Rep. Ryan Hatfield of Evansville and co-authored by Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara of Evansville.

Hatfield said the final version of his bill takes “significant steps toward sending a clear message that if you choose to abuse animals, you will pay for it.”

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