Critics Say Animal Cruelty Law, Cooney's Law, Keeps Cases Secret

Cooney was a happy and healthy dog, until her owner gutted her with a box cutter and let her die a slow death.

Cooney was a happy and healthy dog, until her owner gutted her with a box cutter and let her die a slow death.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The sponsor of a new law intended to toughen penalties against severe animal cruelty says the purpose of
a late session amendment was to allow people to report cases
anonymously - not to keep abusers and cases confidential.

But some animal rights activists say the good intentions of SB223 may have backfired.

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported that the final version signed into law makes animal abuse cases confidential and provides criminal penalties for officials who release reports or talk about cases.

Democratic state Sen. Mark Manendo of Las Vegas who sponsored
the bill says he wasn't aware of language problems and that the
amendment was intended to protect the identities of people who report animal abuse.

Manendo says he may seek a legal opinion from legislative lawyers.


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