One Wyoming lawmaker is hoping to raise the state’s maximum penalties for animal cruelty.
The crime is currently punishable by a fine of up to $750 for a first-time misdemeanor and up to $5,000 for a repeat misdemeanor or felony offense.
Democratic state Senator Mike Gierau of Jackson is sponsoring a bill to increase the fines to $2,500 and $10,000 respectively.
According to a report from the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner, maximum prison sentences ranging from six months to two years would remain the same.
Republican state Senator Fred Baldwin of Kemmerer said the proposed penalties are appropriate but he was concerned with whether or not the law would protect farmers and ranchers from being charged inappropriately.
Lawmakers plan to consider the bill with the Wyoming Legislature reconvenes January 8th.