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Kansas Senate bill could make animal cruelty a felony

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TOPEKA, KAN. - 2/14/06 - A Kansas Senate bill would classify serious acts of animal cruelty as a felony.

TOPEKA, KAN. - 2/14/06 - A Kansas Senate bill would classify serious acts of animal cruelty as a felony.

The bill, scheduled for a vote today, would require offenders to undergo psychological counseling or anger management and prohibit pet ownership for five years.

Rep. Sydney Carlin D-Manhattan supports the bill, citing in a Kansas newspaper the bill would "stop the poor treatment of animals that don't have a voice."

Veterinarians are required to report suspected animal abuse in the state, however, lack of evidence often makes a hard case if attorneys will even take the case, says Sharon Granskog, American Veterinary Medical Association. "Every year the association tracks this kind of legislation," she adds. "It is becoming more common."

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