animal abuse

Amy Beth Bennett / Sun Sentinel

There’s a new federal law that bans acts of animal cruelty, and subjects violators to prison.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act represents something unusual in the nation’s capital. It was a bipartisan success, sponsored by a bipartisan Florida duo: U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, a southeast Florida Democrat, and Vern Buchanan, a southwest Florida Republican.

The PACT Act was signed into law last week by President Donald Trump.

Cruelty to animals is now a federal crime under a new law signed by President Trump on Monday.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) is a bipartisan initiative that bans the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impalement or other serious harm to "living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians."

The law also bans "animal crush videos," meaning any photograph, motion picture film, video or digital recording or electronic image that depicts animal cruelty.

The Senate has approved a bill to make severe animal cruelty and torture a federal crime. With the House having passed an identical version of the bill last month, the measure now goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.

MIKE STOCKER / South Florida Sun Sentinel

That spiffy county pet shelter that opened three years ago isn’t so spiffy these days.

That’s according to an out-of-state expert sent in to do a surprise inspection of the $16.5 million shelter by Mark Bogen, mayor of Broward County.

“The conclusion … was that our shelter was filthy, dirty, poor ventilation in some of the rooms and certain protocols and standards need to be implemented,” Bogen said in an email to one animal activist.

Miami Herald

Miami prosecutors said they will not file any charges in a cockfighting investigation citing "serious ethical concerns" about the tactics used by the animal rights group that went undercover to find the ring.

Laws will take effect next week that will add benefits for first responders who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and impose harsher penalties on people who abuse animals, along with 19 other measures signed by Gov. Rick Scott after the 2018 legislative session.