Florida Considers Expanding Definition of Aggravated Animal Cruelty

Florida House Bill 121 would add causing the death or injury of an animal during the course of an unrelated felony, or unlawfully causing the death a family pet by “an act imminently dangerous to any animal and evincing a depraved mind” (regardless of the degree of suffering) as crimes that could be charged and prosecuted as aggravated cruelty, a third degree felony. Conviction for aggravated animal cruelty can mandate a fine of up to $10,000, psychological counseling, and anger management treatment, in addition to any prison sentence imposed. The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee.