NEVADA – Nevada Assembly Minority Leader P.K. O’Neill has introduced a bill, AB159, to increase penalties for animal abusers.
The bill would prevent those convicted of cruelty against animals from being eligible for early release.
Assembly Republicans are pushing for the bill due to the case of Jason Brown, who was convicted of torturing and killing dogs in 2014 and became eligible for parole in 2022.
Republicans believe that there is a link between animal cruelty and future harm to humans and that the bill is necessary for public safety.
The bill includes definitions of animal cruelty crimes and corresponding sentencing guidelines to ensure that those who commit serious acts of animal cruelty are appropriately punished.
O’Neill states that those who harm animals with malicious intent should not be allowed to seek release or have their records sealed.
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