Bill to raise fines for animal cruelty rejected in Wyoming Senate

    The Wyoming Senate has officially killed a bill that would have increased fines for those convicted of animal cruelty.

    Currently, the law states that animal cruelty is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $750.

    Aggravated cruelty to animals is a felony and punishable by up to a $5,000 fine. The bill to raise fines was proposed by Democratic Sen. Mike Gierau of Jackson and would have increased the maximum fines for animal cruelty to $2,500 and $10,000 respectively.


    According to a Casper Star-Tribune report, the proposal was defeated Tuesday on a 21-7 vote. Many cited not voting for the bill after concerns it would not achieve its objective.



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