Unjustifiably mutilating, torturing, maiming or killing an animal will now be considered a felony and can be punishable by at least a year in prison in Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Gov. Brian Sandoval, an animal lover who has four dogs, two cats, two frogs and a turtle, signed “Conney’s Law,” named after a 3-year-old beagle killed last year when her owner cut her stomach open, thinking a mouse crawled inside her, into law last week.
The new legislation applies to dogs, cats or any other animal kept by a person for pleasure or companionship. Nevada joins 44 other states that makes extreme cruelty of animals a felony.
Sandoval also signed into law a “puppy mill” bill that more closely regulates the breeding of animals.
It requires counties to pass ordinances making animal breeders get permits, as well as gives animal control officers the authority to inspect the breeder’s location at “any reasonable hour,” according to the Review-Journal.
The new law also makes it illegal to breed a female dog younger than 18 months. In addition, breeders must microchip all cats and dogs, as well as have all required rabies shots before they are sold.