Senate OKs Fixing Animal Cruelty Reporting Law

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Senate has approved a bill to fix a law that unintentionally made reports of animal cruelty confidential.

Senators on Tuesday unanimously approved SB73 sponsored by Sen. Mark Manendo of Las Vegas.

The 2011 Legislature approved a bill known as "Cooney's Law," which was designed to give confidentiality to people who report incidents of animal cruelty.

Named after a dog that was gutted and killed by its owner, the 2011 law increased penalties for animal cruelty.

But an amendment intended to protect people who report animal abuse crimes from retribution was later interpreted to mean all aspects of reports and investigations are secret.

The bill to correct the law now moves to the Assembly where passage is likely.


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