Alabama animal cruelty legislation http://apr.org en Animal Protection Groups Praise Alabama Bill http://apr.org/post/animal-protection-groups-praise-alabama-bill <p>Animal protection groups are urging Alabama's governor to sign legislation toughening the penalties for animal cruelty.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Legislature passed a bill on the last night of its session to increase the penalty for animal cruelty from a maximum of six months in jail to a maximum of one year. The bill also adds a definition for torture that can cause the punishment to increase to a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison.<br> Wed, 22 May 2013 12:36:32 +0000 The Associated Press 30868 at http://apr.org Animal Protection Groups Praise Alabama Bill