Animal Cruelty Bill Passes in Neb. Legislature

By: AP
By: AP

A bill to strengthen Nebraska's animal cruelty laws has won final approval from lawmakers.

Senators voted 48-0 Thursday on a measure that would allow longer ownership restrictions for people who have neglected animals.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha introduced the legislation in response to a 2013 neglect case involving a puppy mill in Malcolm. A Lancaster County judge described the operation as an "animal Auschwitz," with dogs living in cages crusted with feces and urine.

The judge prohibited puppy mill owner Julia Hudson from owning, living with or raising animals during her two-year probation period. But he voiced frustration that current state law didn't allow him to impose harsher ownership restrictions, because Hudson was only convicted of animal neglect.

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