Harsher Punishments for Animal Cruelty
In North and South Dakota, animal cruelty is only a misdemeanor. But on Tuesday, North Dakota voters had the opportunity to change the fact that animal cruelty is punished the same as littering on their ballots.
North Dakota voters weighed in on Measure 5, which would allow harsher punishments for animal abuse cases involving live cats, dogs or horses. The specific actions the measure cracks down upon are maliciously and intentionally burning, poisoning, crushing, suffocating, impaling, drowning, blinding, skinning, beating to death, dragging to death, exsanguinating, disemboweling or dismembering.