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Animal cruelty bill signed strengthens penalties for people who abuse domestic animals in Arizona

TUCSON- Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2671 into law Wednesday, strengthening penalties for people who abuse domestic animals in the state.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s director of development Randy Peterson believes this fixes what he says was a previous problem with the law and not holding offenders accountable.

“It was a class 6 felony that was plucked down to a misdemeanor, so elevating it to a class 5 helps us get to the same level it is in most states in the United States,” said Peterson.

He said that this new law will help offenders not get their case lowered to a misdemeanor.

However, critics of the signed bill said that expanding the definitions and penalties is dangerous, and could potentially lead to wrongful convictions of innocent people.

As for Peterson, he said that this is a step in the right direction.

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