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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Initiative would make some animal cruelty a felony

  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A national group says North Dakota has some of the nation's weakest laws against animal cruelty, and a group of activists wants to change that.


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  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A national group says North Dakota has some of the nation's weakest laws against animal cruelty, and a group of activists wants to change that.
    They have gathered signatures for a ballot measure that would make cruelty against dogs, cats and horses a felony crime.
    Supporters of the measure say they'll turn in their petitions to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Tuesday. They believe they have enough names to get a spot on the November ballot.
    North Dakota has laws against mistreating animals, but the stiffest punishment for breaking them is a misdemeanor. It carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
    The proposed ballot measure would make cruelty against cats, dogs and horses a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

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