Both houses of Tennessee's legislature have passed a bill that would give harsher penalties to animal abusers. Under the new law, any person who violates a court order in connection with an animal cruelty charge would be convicted of a misdemeanor. Currently, there are no laws to go after an abuser who does not follow a court order.
A second animal cruelty conviction, under the new bill, will be a felony and will land the abuser in prison for 1-6 years.
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