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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  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    Instead of a vet bill being $150 to have Fluffy spayed, maybe the state should issue vouchers for ALL pets, not just ones from shelters? Just a thought, trying to come up with a solution, because the solution we have obviously isn't enough. The mobile units are awesome, but they should be required to come to each county once a month. All 100 of them.
  • by CritterLover on Mar 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    Jethro, who cares?? This isn't about Social Security...think of a creature more meek than yourself for a change.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    The mobile spay/neuter unit from the vet school will not come here because it would take business away from the vet offices. It is not about population control it is about MONEY. If you see animal abuse call the animal shelter in Washington at 252-946-4517, it is paid for by all the tax payers in Beaufort County, including the tax payers of Belhaven.
  • by baker Location: pitt county on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    I think that the article is right we should have tougher animal abuse laws because if we don't then then how can we call it justice. it is just like killing someone.
  • by Help Now Location: Belhaven on Mar 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    It's like the stone-age here in NC. I can't believe the abuse domestic animals endure here in Belhaven and in the entire State. It was like going back in time when I moved here from a city in the NE. Unbelievalbe. Nno shelter, food or water. Chained to trees only to be impregnated by strays or tiny cages w/no room to move. Litter after litter of puppies and kittens and no help in sight. Belhaven doesn't even have a real "dog catcher" or animal shelter. Beaufort county doesn't have anyone who really cares about these animals. Why don't we have mobile spay/neutering facilities to help fix the "strays" & poor families who try to care for animals. Education to stop the cycle? I see there's lots of money around the Charlotte area per searches for help on the net in NC but none is being spent here. No advocates either. And the lady that appears Fridays on WITN doesn't say enough about care and spaying/neutering. It's like she's in laalaa land. We need laws and advocates.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    Yes, laws need to be tougher. They start with animals and move on to humans. Need to stop it at its roots.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:41 AM
    Strange how we are allowed to post comments on this and other stories (relatively unimportant issues) but can't comment on the REAL issues like the Social Security IOUs that the government is about to "re-mortgage". I'm insulted, WITN. Tell us why!
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    Jennifer, I totally agree with you. You would not have as many mean people if the government would lay down capital punishment to those who intentionally hurt the animals.
  • by Shasta Location: Beulaville on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    I totally agree! I believe that they should be treated the same way that they treat these animals, if we had crime like punishment in the US things would be a lot different and it would not happen as much! Some people are sooooo sick!!!
  • by CritterLover on Mar 15, 2010 at 05:32 AM
    YES!!!!!! make them as tough as child abuse laws, then they'll think twice before setting another puppy in fire, kicking a cat in the head with steel toed boots, or starving horses to the brink of death...
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