(BOISE, ID) — The Idaho House has approved a bill that would charge anyone convicted twice of torturing a domestic pet with a felony. Republican Rep. Ken Andrus of Lava Hot Springs sponsored the legislation, which exempts the state’s livestock industry. Andrus says many animal abusers go on to hurt people as well. Rep. Lenore Barrett of Challis opposed the measure, saying it could leave the door open for enacting harsher penalties next year.
Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com
Debbie Bryce, Idaho State Journal