MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WALA) - The Alabama House of Representative passed some very important animal legislation Tuesday
Many of you have shown your support for HB27 and it paid off. It was a long day for lawmakers in the House, but in the end HB27 came out good to go.
The bill strengthens penalties for animal cruelty and broadens the definition of cruelty.
Although the bill passed without opposition, there was a little debate. Representative John Rogers (D) Jefferson, had concerns about shooting a cat on his property.
"There's a big ole cat that gets in my yard and it caught my prize koi at $1,500 and I'm gonna kill it. That's if I can catch it. I've been laying out there in camouflage for three days trying to catch it. So now if I shoot her or him, whatever it is, that's a good call right?" Rogers said addressing the House.
Democrat Patricia Todd also representing Jefferson County had a response.
"This is long overdue. I've seen may cases of cruelty. To Mr. Rogers, my buddy, you can not discharge a weapon in the city of Birmingham and I wasn't going to get up and speak but when he says he was going to shoot a cat because it came into his yard? That concerns me," said Todd.
The verdict is still out on whether or not Rogers could in fact shoot a cat in his yard under this bill.
FOX10 News has been following this bill since last year. Representative Joe Faust introduced it last session, but it didn't fare as well.
Now it is one step closer to becoming law.
"I feel good, I feel really good put it in the laps of Marc Keahey and get it done. Were halfway there," said Faust.
Keahey has already dropped the bill in the Senate.
"I think it's got a great chance to pass in the Senate. I am proud to be the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. There is little to no opposition or we haven't heard of any opposition to it," said Keahey.
Keahey said it could be on the Governor's desk as soon as a few weeks.
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