People who abuse animals in Virginia now face tougher penalties for their crime. As reported by multiple sources, Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill, dubbed Tommie’s Law, into effect – the bill means that animal cruelty offenders will now face a felony charge, with harsher sentences, if they abuse (beating, maiming, mutilating or killing) a cat or dog.
Individuals found guilty of animal cruelty could now find themselves behind bars for five years – previously, animal cruelty offenders faced a mere misdemeanor charge unless their victim died. Tommie’s law was created in honor of a young pit bull named Tommie who captured the hearts and tears of animal lovers across the United States. Tommie was tied to a pole and set on fire in Richmond; days later he died from the horrific injuries sustained in the cruel incident.
The new law goes into effect on July 1. Tommie’s killer has not yet been found.
Tommie’s story here.
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