- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a new law to crack down on animal cruelty.

Raimondo on Wednesday signed legislation that provides penalties for people who overwork or treat an animal cruelly, when the conduct leads to the death of the animal.

Any person whose actions result in the death of an animal could face the same consequences as someone who deliberately killed an animal.

Perpetrators could face up to five years in prison and up to $1,000 in fines if convicted. They could also be required to serve up to 50 hours of community service.

WPRI-TV (http://bit.ly/2aQ6K17 ) reports the law was approved after an animal cruelty case in which a severely malnourished dog was euthanized due to its poor health. The owner received probation and fines.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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