Virginia’s legislature passed a law in February, dubbed “Tommie’s Law” that increases the penalty for animal cruelty and abuse from a misdemeanor to a felony. Tommie was a dog that was found in a Richmond park tied up and set on fire. He suffered burns over 40% of his body.
While he was taken in for care he did not survive. Tommie spent five days under veterinary care prior to his passing.
Tommie’s law began three years ago following the case of another abused dog named Sugar. State Senator Bill DeSteph of Virginia Beach started the push for the increased penalty in 2016 following the attack on Sugar with a machete.
Sugar survived the attack and was adopted into a loving home. However, her attacker was only able to be convicted of a class one misdemeanor.
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