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A New Bill In Wyoming Would Increase Maximum Fines For Animal Cruelty Offenses

Paws Up!
February 9, 2018

To Wyoming State Representative Michael Gieru (D-Teton County) for introducing a bill to raise maximum fines for animal cruelty.

According to a recent news article, Wyoming State Representative Michael Gierau has introduced a bill (House Bill 48) that would greatly increase the maximum fines for both misdemeanor and felony animal cruelty offenses in Wyoming. If passed into law, House Bill 48 would raise the maximum fine for first-offense misdemeanor animal cruelty from the $750 to $2,500. Offenders convicted more than once for misdemeanor animal cruelty could pay as much as $10,000 — double the maximum fine under current law.

Under current Wyoming state law, felony animal cruelty charges can be brought against a person who has tortured or beaten an animal to death or so severely that euthanasia is required. HB 48 would increase the maximum fine for these crimes from $5,000 to $10,000.

Take action. Residents of Wyoming, contact your legislators and urge them to support HB 48 to heighten punishment for animal cruelty offenses. You may use NHES’ sample action letter below.

I am writing to express my support of HB48, a bill to increase maximum fines for both misdemeanor and felony animal cruelty offenses in the state of Wyoming. Acts of cruelty committed against animals rarely occur in isolation. Theses crimes appear frequently in concurrence with child abuse, intimate partner violence, even homicide. People who do not show mercy to animals, creatures who are defenseless against human weapons and cruelty, deserve to pay a high price for their crimes. Please support HB 48, which would compel them to do so.

Thank you for your consideration,

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