Raleigh, NC -- The bill known as Susie's law passed the second and third readings by a unanimous vote in the North Carolina House. With the 113-0 vote, it now moves to the state Senate for final passage.
The bill is designed to increase the penalties for animal abuse. They want to increase it from a class "I" to a class "H" felony, which could lead to increased jail time for those convicted.
Susie's law is named after the dog found burned and left to die in a Greensboro park last summer.
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Lashawn Whitehead was sentenced to six to eight months in prison for burning personal property. He won't serve any jail time for the cruelty to animals charge.
The bill supporters brought Susie to the state legislature on Tuesday to push for passage of the bill.
If it's approved by the Senate and signed by Governor Perdue, Susie's law would become effective December 1, 2010.
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