A group of North Dakota citizens are proposing a ballot initiative to make animal cruelty a felony in the state. North Dakota is one of only three states with no felony penalties for any act of animal cruelty.
Ron Thunshelle, a veterinarian at Pinkerton Vet Clinic in Minot, has drafted the North Dakota felony cruelty initiative. He and other supporters of the initiative, which would impose stiffer penalties for animal cruelty, are seeking signatures to support this document.
As a citizen of North Dakota, I can be sure that my fellow North Dakotans stand by me in being upset and ashamed of our state’s extremely low rankings in animal cruelty laws. North Dakota is an agricultural state where livestock and other animals play a huge part.
An Eveleth, Minn., man was charged Tuesday with assault, animal cruelty, selling drugs and illegally possessing a stun gun after police executed a search warrant at his residence last week.
Joshua Ray Gordon, 18, was arrested Thursday at his home in Eveleth. Officers executing a search warrant found 161 grams of marijuana, $2,300 in cash and a stun gun. He is accused of selling marijuana from his residence.
Forum Communications Co. report
, February 17, 2010
A cat named Timothy has died, and people across the country are raging.
The 7-month-old orange tabby was spotted on a southern Minnesota highway Dec. 18 by a motorist headed west to Sioux Falls, S.D.
The cat’s paws and nose had been glued to the pavement near the highway’s edge, according to news reports, and the animal lost some paw pads, claws and skin when it was freed.
By Chuck Haga, Forum Communications Co.
, January 12, 2010
About 35 horses and two donkeys were recently taken into protective custody from an Edgeley, N.D., farm where at least half a dozen horses were found dead.
Three confiscated animals had to be euthanized, according to a veterinarian working with authorities on the case.
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