Texas: Crackdown On Animal Cruelty, Bestiality, Starts Sept. 1

Texas: Crackdown on animal cruelty, bestiality, starts Sept. 1

Don’t mess with Texas animals.

That’s the message state lawmakers sent when they passed — and Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law — a measure to crack down on anyone in this state who tortures, poisons or seriously injures animals.

As of Sept. 1, anyone convicted of violent animal cruelty offenses faces a third-degree felony, which comes with anywhere from two to 10 years in prison. Repeat offenders could find themselves locked up for as many as 20 years.

“The days of negligible prison sentences for the most heinous and violent acts of cruelty against our companion animals are officially a part of …

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