General Assembly to Consider Enhancement of Animal Abuse Crimes

Tennessee lawmakers seek to enhance animal abuse statutes, making a second or subsequent conviction of aggravated cruelty to animals, or a first conviction of aggravated cruelty to animals involving five or more animals a Class C felony, which comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 180 days of incarceration. The charges are currently considered a Class E felony with no mandatory confinement. The bill — HB0852/SB1277 — is scheduled for consideration by the Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Feb. 27.

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