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Published July 11, 2012, 06:45 PM

Animal Cruelty Petiton at Red River Valley Fair

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakotas to Stop Animal Cruelty group is still hard at work pushing for stricter penalties for animal abusers.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakotas to Stop Animal Cruelty group is still hard at work pushing for stricter penalties for animal abusers.

The group has a booth set up at the Red River Valley Fair. They are hoping to get more signatures to help put a measure on the ballot that would make animal cruelty a class C felony, rather than just a misdemeanor.

North Dakota has one of the weakest animal cruelty laws in the nation. Just over 13 thousand signatures are needed to put the measure on the ballot.

Ellie Hayes, campaign coordinator, says, "North Dakota is one of only two states where it's still just a misdemeanor to do the most malicious or intentional acts of torture like stabbing, crushing, and impaling, burning, for our dogs, cats, and horses, and that's just not in align with our values."

If you would like more information on this group, go to ndstopcruelty.com

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