INDIANA (WEHT) – An Evansville native’s bill that strengthens animal cruelty laws is signed into law.

Governor Eric Holcomb signed Rep. Ryan Hatfield’s bill this week.

The bill increases penalties against those convicted of animal abuse.

Hatfield first introduced the bill three years ago.

He says he’s glad to see some success and although it’s not everything he wanted, it’s a big step forward.

“House Bill 1615 applies to all animals and it will ensure greeted protections by broadening the definition of animal cruelty, also ensuring humane shelters use humane euthanasia which would ensure that we’re not freezing cats like we saw here locally.”

The bill defines human euthanasia as sodium pentobarbital given in a manner that causes painless loss of consciousness and death.

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(This story was originally published on April 30,  2019)