Rep. Mahan works to crack down on animal cruelty

Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:30 am

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2018) — State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) is joining efforts to increase the penalties for animal cruelty. Earlier this month, the body of a dog was found frozen in the woods in Marion.

“Recently, a disturbing image of a frozen dog in a crate has been circulating on social media and throughout our community,” Mahan said. “Acts like this are inexcusable and harsh penalties should be imposed on those that treat animals in this reprehensible manner. Animals should not suffer because of malice or mistreatment, and increasing the punishment for these crimes may deter future tragedies.”

Mahan is co-authoring a proposal for a new law that would increase the penalty for animal cruelty from a Class A misdemeanor to a Level 6 felony. Mahan said the bill would rightfully hold people accountable for the proper care and shelter they must provide their domestic animals.

House Bill 1094 would also increase felony penalties for those who strike and injure both service dogs and search and rescue dogs.

The bill is currently awaiting assignment to a committee. To learn more about this and other bills, visit




State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) represents House District 31, which includes

Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.


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