As dog lovers, we treat our dogs like family. And, as they spend more time with us, they tend to bond more with us and eventually get closer to us. Once our dogs warm up to us, they become loyal pets ready to do anything to keep us safe.

However, there are cases where people don’t see the dogs they own as family members. They see them as property and end up neglecting them and abusing them.

Dog or animal cruelty, in general, is a big problem in society. It happens all over the world, and it’s hard to get support from the government to make people abusing dogs, and other animals pay.

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However, thanks to the growing number of organizations that advocate for animal welfare, changes on animal rights law are already happening. Back in 2010, Congress passed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act. This law made it illegal for people to make videos where dogs and other animals are tortured and intentionally crushed or harmed in any way.

Although the legislation is a great one in terms of preventing animal cruelty, it only applies to people who make videos of animal torture while the act of torturing or harming the animal isn’t prohibited by law.

Vern Buchanan and Ted Deutch wanted to strengthen the 2010 legislation by introducing the PACT Act or the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. The proposed law makes it a felony when a person harms or tortures an animal even if they don’t make a video.

The PACT Act also subjects people who harm animals harsher punishments. And, the great thing about this law is that it will not replace existing animal cruelty laws. It will serve as a federal overlay for all the state laws on animal cruelty.

If a person is found to be guilty of neglecting or abusing their pet dogs or other animals, they will be subject to a prison sentence which can be as high as seven years.

This law will definitely make people think about abusing animals. Here’s a video showing in detail how this can work for our four-legged friends

Video Source via WPTV News | West Palm Beach Florida via YouTube

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Born and raised in the Midwest, I am a mom, business owner, and a lover of furry animals. There have always been four-footed furry pets in my life. Big or small, it seems I love them all! Most of my pets live long and happy lives and I have been fortunate to have several devoted friends thru the years from small Cocker Spaniels or Llasa Apso to the "let em take over your entire bed" black labs. Whether we buy them, breed them, or rescue them - however they come to our home, they are always welcomed into our family and soon take over a permanent place in our hearts.

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