N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue must decide whether to sign new legislation into law after the N.C. Senate voted 47-0 to give final approval for new laws imposing stiffer penalties for those so violent that they would torture, starve, or kill an animal.
The punishment could be up to eight months behind bars, but a judge could agree to community service instead.
The bill was introduced after a Greensboro man received probation after burning, beating and leaving his 8-week-old puppy to die.
The female pit-bull mix was later adopted and named Susie.
Update: On June 23, 2010, Governor Be Perdue signed Susie’s Law, making tougher penalties for those who abuse animals.
- The Nation’s First Animal Abuser Registry (animals.change.org)