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Published October 27, 2012, 04:11 PM

A clear majority of voters support Measure 5

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A clear majority of voters favor a law that would make malicious abuse of dogs, cats, and horses a felony.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A clear majority of voters favor a law that would make malicious abuse of dogs, cats, and horses a felony.

According to a Forum Communications poll, 55 percent support Measure 5, while 39 percent are opposed. Measure 5 would make it a class C felony to commit what supporters of the bill call, "the worst kinds of abuse."

But some opponents say they would like to see a more comprehensive response to animal cruelty.

Jason Schmidt, a member of the ND Stockmen's Association says, "the language in Measure 5 is not clear. It leaves ambiguous terms in there. There is some concern that people cannot euthanize their pet without a veterinarian present."

Karen Thunshelle with the North Dakotans to stop animal cruelty says, "North Dakota has some of the weakest, the worst animal cruelty laws in the nation. 48 other states have a felony penalty for malicious abuse."

500 likely voters were surveyed from October 12th through 15th.

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