If you’re charged with abusing an animal in Virginia, it will now be a felony.
Governor Ralph Northam signed Tommie’s Law, upping the penalty from a misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony, which carries a punishment of one to five years in prison.
The new law closes a loophole that allowed the perpetrator to only be charged with a misdemeanor if the animal survived the abuse, animal rights advocates say.
Tommie was a pit bull who died after being tied to a pole and intentionally set on fire in a Richmond park. No arrests have been made in the case.