Petition to Toughen ND's Animal Cruelty Laws
by Krista Boehm
June 24, 2012
The group, North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty, was out seeking support for its petition Saturday.
Supporters gathered at West Acres Mall all day to gather signatures for a change in the animal cruelty law.
The ballot measure would change the most extreme forms of animal cruelty from a misdemeanor to a Class C felony when involving a cat, dog or horse.
Signature coordiator, Krisite Skunberg says, "Its going really well we've had a great response so it's exciting. The animals deserve it."
North Dakota is one of two states with no felony penalties for acts of animal cruelty.
The measure would also give the additional option of requiring that animal abusers receive counseling and prohibit them from owning a dog, cat, or horse for up to five years.