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Bill for Making Torturing Animals a Felony is Stuck in Committee

Bill for Making Torturing Animals a Felony is Stuck in Committee

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Paul Nelson, KSL NewsradioTime is running out for "Henry's Bill." That's a bill that would make torturing an animal a felony instead of a misdemeanor, and it's in the House rules committee with only one more full day in the session.

Similar bills making torturing animals have failed in the past. But, the bills supporters say it's different this year.

Gene Baierschmidt: "There's a ground-swell of public support for this bill, and we think it's something that it's time has come."

Humane Society of Utah Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt says one big difference is Henry, the dog that was briefly cooked in a 200-degree oven.

Gene Baierschmidt: "It really makes people realize that this can actually happen."

Rhonda Kamper: "Prior to him cooking Henry, he was actually starting to display physical violence toward me, as well."

Henry's owner, Rhonda Kamper, says her ex-husband is a good example of the link between violence toward animals and violence toward other people.

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