Hawai‘i is now safer for pets

The felony animal cruelty bill passed through the House and Senate today with very little opposition.

The next and final step in this long eight-year voyage will be when Gov. Lingle signs the bill into law.

If not for your countless phone calls and e-mails to the legislators, this would not have been possible.

Your commitment toward making Hawai‘i a safer place for everyone has been the backbone behind this legislative movement.

Now, Hawai‘i can be removed from the list of eight states that do not have felony-level offenses for animal cruelty, and we will be known as the 43rd state to implement stiffer penalties for these perpetrators.

On behalf of Hawai‘i’s pets, mahalo nui loa!

— Dr. Becky and all of us at Kaua‘i Humane Society

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