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Susie’s Law signed in North Carolina

Susie, an 8-week-old puppy when she was tortured, burned and left to die in Greensboro last summer, yesterday became the first dog to sign a piece of legislation in North Carolina — one aimed at protecting her kind.

Gov. Bev Perdue signed the animal cruelty prevention bill known as Susie’s Law. Susie, a pit bull mix wearing pearls and pink nail polish for the occasion, then put her paw print on the bill.

“Today, we make our homes better and our streets safer for the people who inhabit this state,” said Perdue. “No matter if they have two legs or four legs.”

It was about a year ago when Susie was tortured, set on fire and left for dead in Greensboro. Her ears were singed off and she was covered in maggots by the time she was found, about two weeks after the beating, which left her with missing teeth and a broken jaw, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Lashawn Whitehead, 21, of Greensboro, was convicted and sentenced to probation.

Susie’s new owner, Donna Lawrence, was one of the forces behind the legislation, wanting to make sure that anyone who tortured a dog in the future would have to pay with jail time.

Under the new law, any malicious abuse, torture, or killing of animals becomes a Class H felony, punishable by up to 10 months in jail.

“This law will also protect, I believe, North Carolina’s people,” said Perdue. “The data is pretty clear. For those of you who don’t know the data, people who are actually cruel and do this kind of stuff to animals, are five times more likely to do this kind of thing to a human being.”

Perdue’s dog’s Dosie and Zipper also looked on as the bill became law.

(Photo: Lynn Hey / Greensboro News & Record)

Comments

Comment from matt warren
Time June 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

susie;s previous owner as for a punishment the trial judge should have set mr whitehead on fire and let him suffer 60 percent burns just to let him know how the dog felt all he got was probation will it do him any good will he learn anything by just getting probation,

some days I would love to sit as an animal rights judge

Comment from Karen V. Stefanini
Time December 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Hey, it doesn’t say anything about the necessity for these monsters to be monitored for the rest of their lives. What gives? We all know that serial killers get their start with abusing animals for the most part. These psychopaths who abuse animals should be carefully monitored for their remaining years and preferably confined to an institution for the criminally insane.

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