NEWS ALERT courtesy of Ohio Voters for Companion Animals
Feb. 8, 2013- North Dakota Senate passes felony legislation for animal cruelty and abuse – bill heads to the House of Representatives, and if passed North Dakota will become the 49th state to pass felony animal cruelty penalties!
Senate Bill 2211 passed unanimously in Bismarck on February 8 which is designed to increase penalties for animal abuse, neglect and abandonment. Now only a misdemeanor, the new legislation will make animal cruelty an automatic felony if a third offense takes place within ten years.
Read the full Examiner article… http://www.examiner.com/article/north-dakota-senate-passes-felony-legislation-for-animal-cruelty-and-abuse
NOTE: Ohio currently has a subsequent felony provision in place for companion animals – 959.99 Penalty (E)(1) Whoever violates division (B) of section 959.131 (Prohibitions concerning companion animals) of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree on a first offense and a felony of the fifth degree on each subsequent offense.