Rally seeks stiffer penalty for cruelty to animals

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The message was repeated several times: People who abuse animals abuse people.

Speakers at a rally Thursday in the Capitol rotunda told a crowd of more than 400 people that those who abuse animals usually go on to take violent acts against people. The rally was in support of legislation to make animal torture a felony in Kentucky, punishable by possible jail time. Currently in Kentucky, it's only a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of $500.

Three bills, two in the House, HB 214 and HB 243, and one in the Senate, SB 24, would make animal abuse a felony.

Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo, D-Lexington, sponsor of House Bill 214, spoke at the rally and said it's a very important issue in stopping future crime.

"This is a way we might find a potential serial killer, or someone else who might cause harm," Palumbo said.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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