Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Animal cruelty bill heading to House floor

FRANKFORT— Failing to provide adequate shelter and potable water for domestic pets would be considered second-degree animal cruelty under a bill that passed the House Judiciary Committee today.

House Bill 177, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, would not affect hunting, fishing, field dog trials, and several other activities included in the bill.  It would also not change standards governing the shelter of livestock, which is regulated by the state Board of Agriculture.

Second-degree cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor crime in Kentucky.

HB 177 now goes to the full House for its consideration.