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SD Senate panel looks at animal cruelty measure

News Mitchell,South Dakota 57301
The Daily Republic
SD Senate panel looks at animal cruelty measure
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PIERRE (AP) -- South Dakota lawmakers are taking a look at a measure that would make aggravated cruelty to dogs, cats and horses a felony.

The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday.

Animal rights groups have said South Dakota and North Dakota are the only states without felony penalties for animal mistreatment.

The bill would make it a felony carrying a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a fine of $4,000 to mistreat, torture or be cruel to a dog, cat or horse.

The measure specifies that it does not apply to hunting, fishing, trapping, branding and any activities that are customary in farming and ranching.