There is a new bill in Kentucky that is aimed at increasing the penalties for those convicted of neglecting or hurting animals.
Officials say Kentucky ranks dead last in the country for animal protection laws.
The new bill would make the torture of a cat or a dog a class D felony instead of a class A misdemeanor.
It would also create several new crimes related to cruelty and neglect.
Animal control officers or peace officers could also take physical custody of a cat or dog if adequate food, water, or housing needs aren't met.
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