- Tennessee, USA -
A piece of good news. Not yet what we want though…
Friday, March 20, Governor Bill Lee signed SB SB1747 into law, days after getting approval from the General Assembly.
This means that in Tennessee, the new law that will go into effect July 1, 2020, will keep people charged with animal cruelty from owning a companion animal for a significant period of time.
wjhl.com reports that according to a summary of the legislation, “as introduced, requires a sentencing court to prohibit a defendant convicted of certain offenses against animals from owning any companion animal for at least two years from the date of conviction.”
“In specific cases, the judge has the authority to make that ban longer, including up to a lifetime.
As for the second part of the bill, if you are convicted a second time on animal cruelty, you are banned for life from having a pet.”
Once again, we rely on judges to make things happen and protect the voiceless!
It says very clearly: “In specific cases, the judge has the authority to make that ban longer, including up to a lifetime.”