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Report cites weak laws in rising animal cruelty cases

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee is one of the worst states when it comes to taking a bite out of animal cruelty. The Humane Society says the Volunteer State faced more large-scale animal emergencies than any other in the past three years. The dubious recognition is sparking debate over tougher penalties for animal abusers.
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The report says nearly half of Tennessee's 95 counties lack proper shelters. Protection rules vary widely by county, and animal cruelty remains a misdemeanor. "From our point of view, we want to provide and care for the animals," said Rawls.

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