Associated Press , Published April 04 2013
ND House passes animal cruelty measureBISMARCK — North Dakota's House has endorsed a measure to toughen the state's animal cruelty law.
The House voted 90-1 Wednesday to make animal cruelty a felony. Senators endorsed the measure in February that would have created some felony penalties for cruelty, abandonment and neglect.
Under the House version, only cruelty would be a felony.
The measure now goes back to the Senate for consideration of the House amendments.
Cruelty to animals now is a misdemeanor, with up to year in jail and a $2,000 fine. The new measure, if approved, would make it a felony with up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
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