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Stricter penalties for animal cruelty in Washington signed into law

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OLYMPIA—A bill sponsored by Representative Sam Low, R-Lake Stevens, aimed at deterring acts of animal cruelty through tougher criminal penalties for perpetrators was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday, March 13. House Bill 1961 will take effect in July of this year. “By aligning penalties with the gravity of the offenses, House […]

Multiple animal rights bills head to Senate after overwhelming House passage

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OLYMPIA—Three new animal protection and justice bills head to the Washington State Senate after overwhelming passage in House in January. Standardizing animal abuse penalties HB 1961, concerning animal cruelty in the first degree, addresses a significant hole in current law, where judges have wide discretion in sentencing for certain forms of animal cruelty, leading to […]

Washington is one step closer to holding animal abusers accountable

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OLYMPIA—Justice for animals against their abusers moves one step closer within Washington state with the near unanimous passage in House of Representatives on January 29 of HB- 1961, a bill that would strengthen penalties for the most egregious acts of animal cruelty. “Inconsistency in sentencing only benefits abusers. House Bill 1961 would establish a clear […]

Low introduces bill to increase penalties for animal cruelty

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LAKE STEVENS—Representative Sam Low (R-Lake Stevens) has pre-filed legislation to strengthen penalties for the most egregious acts of animal cruelty in Washington state. The bill seeks to address a significant hole in current law, where judges have wide discretion in sentencing for certain forms of animal cruelty, leading to inconsistencies and potentially insufficient penalties for […]

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