According to a news source, “The legislation signed by Otter and approved by lawmakers in the final days of the 2012 Legislature makes a third animal cruelty conviction over a period of 15 years a felony, leaving the Dakotas as the only states without a felony crime on the books for animal cruelty.”
Animal neglect and cruelty pose a definite risk not just to the animals harmed but to the community in which such abuse occurs and society as a whole. Therefore, when an individual perpetrates actions of intentional animal cruelty, society must respond with appropriate measures.
Take Action: Idaho residents, thank Governor Otter for his action. Residents of North and South Dakota, contact your legislators requesting they support felony animal cruelty statutes in their states.
The Honorable Butch Otter
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Tele. No.: 208-334-2100