Idaho gets one step closer to passing felony animal cruelty law. On February 14, the Idaho Senate passed SB 1303 with just one "no" vote. The proposed law would make aggravated cruelty- torture and an enhanced penalty provision for 3rd or subsequent convictions - a felony. Idaho is just one of three states including North Dakota and South Dakota without a felony cruelty law. (Posted 4/2012, Source: Michigan State University's College of Law - Animal Legal and Historical Center)
Futch v. State- S.E.2d, 2012 WL 603655 (Ga., 2012). Defendantappealed conviction of cruelty to animals for shooting and killing a neighbor's dog because the dog was barking at defendant's goats. The Court of Appeals held that the restitution award of $3,000 was warranted by a preponderance of the evidence even though the owner only paid $750 for the dog. The dog was a one-year-old labrador retriever that had been trained to hunt and retrieve, and an expert testified that such a dog had a fair market value between $3,000 and $5,000.