Virginia animal cruelty Ralph Northam, intentionally set on fire

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Virginia animal cruelty Ralph Northam, intentionally set on fire.

Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill that will make animal cruelty in Virginia a felony.

Even though the bill is based on a different animal cruelty case in Virginia, many have dubbed it ‘Tommie’s Law’ after a pit bull was tied to a pole and intentionally set on fire in Richmond in February.

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The bill increases the penalty for beating, maiming, mutilating or killing a dog or cat to a felony.

It previously was a misdemeanor.

Anyone found guilty could get up to five years in prison.

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Senator Bill DeSteph said he had been working on the bill after a dog named Sugar was attacked in Virginia Beach.

Tommie was tied to a pole in a Richmond park and then set on fire after a suspect poured an accelerant on him. He died five days later at the Richmond Animal Care and Control shelter.

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Two lawmakers in Washington have also introduced a bill that would make animal cruelty and bestiality a federal felony.

The law in Virginia goes into effect on July 1.

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