Animal cruelty bill moves forward

Lawmakers are one step closer to passing an animal cruelty bill that would stop abusers from owning a cat or dog after conviction.

Posted: Jan. 31, 2019 4:43 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An animal cruelty bill from Tippecanoe County is moving on unanimously in a state senate committee.

The legislation makes it illegal for animal abusers to own a cat or a dog during parole and after conviction.

Right now, judges decide whether a person can still have a pet.

However, State Senator Ron Alting thinks owning a pet after animal abuse should be against the law.

He Alting the bill in his Public Policy committee this week and it passed unanimously. 

"I think it's a win-win bill for animal rights people and we look forward to bringing it to the senate floor next week," said Sen. Alting. "This makes sense because statistically, if you abuse the animal you are going to come right back and do it again. So, it's a common sense bill."

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington helped write the legislation. He testified at the hearing on Wednesday.

The bill heads to the Senate floor on Monday.

Alting is confident it will pass.

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