Wyoming legislators consider bill raising animal abuse fines

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase the fines levied against people convicted of abusing animals.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Gierau would raise the fine for an initial animal cruelty conviction to $2,500. A fine for a subsequent offense would increase to $10,000.

The bill would also increase the maximum fine for the elevated charge of aggravated animal cruelty to $10,000.

Under current state law, the misdemeanor animal cruelty charge is punishable by a fine of up to $750 and up to six months imprisonment. A subsequent offense increases the fine to $5,000 and imprisonment to one year.

Aggravated animal cruelty is a felony offense punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and no more than two years in prison.

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