With a unanimous vote, members of the Washington State Senate approved Senate Bill 5065 Thursday, tightening state penalties for animal cruelty. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, updates the state’s animal-cruelty statute to bring consistency to penalties for various levels of animal abuse and neglect. It will now go to the governor’s office to be signed into law.
“I’m pleased to see this bill move forward to help protect the pets we all love and care about,” Carrell said. “Hopefully some day we won’t have to see animals suffer in mills and kept in horrific conditions, and this bill is another step toward preventing those terrible situations.”
Carrell said amendments made to SB 5065 by the House of Representatives included removing the civil infraction for failing to provide care, removing the definition of “necessary shelter for animals,” and specifying that “necessary water” means “water that is in sufficient quantity and of appropriate quality for the species for which it is intended and that is accessible to the animal.”
“My bill will require that any person who owns an animal is providing the necessary food, water and shelter to sustain a healthy life for that animal, and will clarify state law that already deals with animal abuse,” Carrell added. “As an animal lover myself, it’s the least we can do in return for all they do for us.”