MERCY’S LAW – A law to arrest and prosecute those that torture, mutilate, and ultimately cause death to companion animals. Such crime would allow for criminal charges to be filed as a felony and not less. When it has been deemed obvious by a Licensed Veterinarian that the animal indeed suffered due to being tortured or mutilated, then an appropriate and aggressive investigation, arrest, trial and conviction should be pursued. Sentencing should be no less than 2 years.
It is a known fact that a person who is capable of this kind of violence toward an animal, can and WILL do it to a human, without remorse.
Therefore it is imperative that the laws as well as the punishment for animal torture are revised to be more stringent in every state.
This law would also include a "Mercy's Alert" which means any convicted animal abuser/killer who is out on bail, or has been released from prison, would be put into a database so that they can be tracked in the event another attack occurs within their vicinity.
This will also provide shelter or rescue adoption facilities with important information as part of a background check should an attempt to adopt an animal occur. It should also be made mandatory that City or State funded shelters perform a background check before adopting out any animal. Most abusers seek out these kinds of shelters because currently they do not do background or reference check.