Posted at: 12/20/2012 8:11 PM
Updated at: 12/20/2012 8:15 PM
By: KOB.com staff
A measure on the table in the upcoming legislative session could change the way animal abusers are punished.
Senator-elect Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque) introduced the bill.
If it passes, anyone who intentionally starves or dehydrates an animal will be charged with a fourth degree felony.
A similar proposals have been through the legislature three times before, but one has yet to pass.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund recently named New Mexico one of the top 5 states for animal abusers.