Bill would require evaluations in some animal abuse cases

3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Monday, January 28 2019 Jan 28, 2019 Monday, January 28, 2019 2:32:00 PM CST January 28, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill before the Missouri Legislature would allow judges to order people convicted of animal abuse to undergo treatments that could include psychiatric or psychological evaluations.

The bill proposed by Rep. Chrissy Sommer, a Republican from St. Charles, would require judges to order evaluations if the crime involves torture or mutilation of an animal, or if the person has previous animal abuse convictions.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported judges would have the option of ordering evaluations for first-time offenders, who would pay for the treatment.

Sommer told the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee on Monday that the bill addresses the mental health of people who abuse animals.

Bob Baker, executive director of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, said the legislation could be useful in animal hoarding situations.

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