PAWS

PAWS Act Advances to Criminal Justice Subcommittee

HB852, dubbed the PAWS Act, is moving through the Tennessee State House and is scheduled for consideration by its Criminal Justice Subcommittee on April 3. The bill as introduced would amend TCA Title 29, Chapter 3; Title 39; Title 63, Chapter 12 and Title 66, making the first conviction of aggravated cruelty to five or more animals or a second conviction of aggravated cruelty to animals a Class C felony in lieu of the current Class E designation. The bill also carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 180 days incarceration.

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