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Susie's Law Takes Next Step Towards Becoming Law

5:07 PM, May 25, 2010   |    comments
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  • The bill made it out of committee and will be heard on the House floor later this week.
  • The bill made it out of committee and will be heard on the House floor later this week.
  • The bill made it out of committee and will be heard on the House floor later this week.
    
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  • Raleigh, NC -- House bill 1690, also known as Susie's Law, took a major step towards becoming an actual law this morning.
    And, of course, Susie was in attendance. 

    The bill made it out of committee this morning and could be considered on the House floor later this week. The bill wants to increase the penalties for animal abuse. They want to increase it from a class "I" to a class "H" felony.

    State Senator Don Vaughan of Guilford County has supported the law and says its about time it gets an update. "The law that Susie's law is based on--the original law--is over a hundred years old and today is a different time. And Susie--thank goodness--who is with us today here in the North Carolina General Assembly will be a hero to all those dogs out there that have been abused."

    If it's approved by the House and signed by Governor Perdue, Susie's law would become effective December 1, 2010.

    The bill is named after a dog found beaten, burned and left to die in a Greensboro park last summer. Lashawn Whitehead was sentenced to six to eight months in prison for burning personal property.

    He won't serve any jail time for the cruelty to animals charge.

    To read the House's version of Susie's Law, click here.

    You can read the NC Senate's version by clicking here.

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