Animal cruelty can now be charged as a felony in Virginia.
Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill which ups the penalty for abusing an animal to a Class 6 felony. That could mean from one to five years in prison for the perpetrator.
The new law was dubbed “Tommie’s Law” named for a pit ball who died after being tied to a pole and intentionally set on fire in a Richmond park.
No arrests have been made so far in the case.