Raleigh, NC -- A bill increasing the penalties for animal cruelty is one step closer to becoming a law.
'Susie's Law' pass the Senate Judiciary Committee 1 today in Raleigh. The bill could go in front of the full Senate as early as Wednesday.
The bill was named after Susie, a dog that was found beaten and burned in a Greensboro park. Susie was in attendance at the committee hearing on Tuesday.
The bill, if passed into law, would make it a felony to starve, torture, mutilate, or disfigure an animal. Those found guilty could serve prison time.
The State House passed its version of the bill last month.
VIEW SLIDESHOW OF SUSIE AT SENATE - photos courtesy - Keely Greene.
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