FRANKFORT, Ky. -
Legislation that would toughen the penalties for those found guilty of abusing housepets is in danger of languishing again this session.
Under House Bill 409, any torture of cats or dogs would become a Class D felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Under the current law, the first offense is a misdemeanor unless the animal is severely injured, killed, or in the case of multiple offenses.
Kentucky is at the bottom among the states when it comes to our animal-protection laws. It has been named the "best state in the nation" in which to be an animal abuser.
Dee Robinson of Kentucky Citizens Against Animal Abuse, has pointed out the connection between those who abuse and torture human beings, and those who torture animals.
Supporters of the legislation are being urged to call their legislators. 1-800-372-7181.
The measure, which has failed in past sessions, is currently stalled in a House Committee.