A law to strengthen the penalties given to those who abuse, neglect, abandon or mistreat animals is officially on the books.
"I can tell you that it was a lot of hard work on behalf of a number of different organizations in North Dakota. We worked on it for a couple of years. I happen to be the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association's representative, and we put a lot of time and effort into presenting the legislation to our legislators and getting the bill passed," says Dr. Del Rae Martin.
The law makes it a class A misdemeanor to neglect, abuse or abandon an animal, and a class C felony in cases of cruelty or if an individual has committed more than two cases of abuse in within ten years.
So, for example, while the case is still pending, the Cass county man accused of running a puppy mill near Fargo last month could have faced tougher penalties had he been caught after August 1st.
"Rather than just being a misdemeanor, the prosecutors and law enforcement would have a chance to look at it and look at the situations. And as they gather their information, they could decide whether it would be animal neglect, animal cruelty, animal abuse and the different levels there on that," says Dr. Martin.
The law also takes into consideration those who work with livestock and normal hunting practices.
"I don't think anybody in the agriculture field or as pet shelters, zoos, pet owners have anything to worry about unless they're just not acting appropriately. Bad actors will be dealt with," says Doug Goehring.
The law also says that if a violation involves multiple animals, whether they are of the same species or not, it is considered to be a single offense.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:54:06 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:50:18 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 8:48 AM EDT2014-03-09 12:48:30 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
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NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.