LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – One bill before the legislature puts harsher punishment on those accused of cruelty to animals.
It would strengthen laws against purposely harming, injuring or failing to provide an animal with food or water.
Anyone caught doing so would be fined or imprisoned and may also need to perform a mental evaluation depending on the number of offenses.
“I think there would be more of awareness by the penalty being higher,” says St. Rep. Jim Sorvillo (R-Little Rock).
The bill also states if a person harms one or more animals within a 24 hour period it would be considered a criminal episode.
Representative Sorvillo has pulled the bill for now after another lawmaker raised concerns about the cost of mental health treatment.