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LAS VEGAS -- Animal abuse is one step closer to becoming a felony. The Nevada Senate passed a bill making animal abuse on the first offense punishable by a year in jail. Currently, animal abuse is only a felony after three misdemeanor violations. Animal rights advocates say this change is long overdue.
Those advocates say there is a direct link between animal abuse and violent crimes. So they say putting animal abusers behind bars after the first offense could help lower the number of domestic violence and other criminal cases.