Two bills filed in the Kentucky House ahead of the General Assembly would stiffen penalties for anyone convicted of animal cruelty. House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, introduced the bills after a 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier was found dead with an arrow in his body in a Louisville park. One bill makes it a felony for anyone convicted of animal cruelty for the second time. The lawmaker says animal torture is currently the only felony under Kentucky law. The other is considered a “Good Samaritan” law which will provide immunity to people who break into a vehicle window to rescue a dog or cat in danger because of excessive heat. Lawmakers don’t meet to discuss the bill until January.The Animal Legal Defense Fund has ranked Kentucky as the worst state for animal protection laws for the last 11 years, forcing animals to have to defend for themselves.
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