Advocates Say NC Needs Tougher Animal Abuse Laws

Supporters of a dog who survived being burned and beaten are using her abuse as a rallying cry for tougher animal cruelty laws in North Carolina.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that supporters plan to go door-to-door Sunday in Guilford County with information about the state's laws on animal abuse. They blame those laws for letting the man who abused Susie receive what they think is a light sentence.

Earlier this month, a judge sentenced 21-year-old Lashawn Whitehead to probation for felony animal cruelty. He also received six to eight months in prison for setting personal property on fire. That personal property was Susie.

State Sen. Don Vaughan is amending a bill that deals with puppy mills to include stiffer penalties for felony animal cruelty.

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