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Published: Oct 9, 2011
'Cooney's Law' Felony Animal Cruelty Law In Nevada Now In Effect
by Mike Baron

A new law making animal cruelty a felony in Nevada, called Cooney's Law for a dog who died at the hands of its owner, went into effect on Saturday, October 8, making it a serious crime to torture or abuse an animal, reports the SPCA of Northern Nevada.

The felony animal cruelty law joins those of 47 other states that have some form of felony animal cruelty law."

Cooney, a mixed breed female whose owner had originally adopted her from the SPCA, was mercilessly killed by Raymond Rios; the dog's abdomen was sliced open with a box cutter in a downtown motel, and he subsequently tried to say he thought she had swallowed a mouse. Tragically, Cooney died of shock and blood loss.

The fact that Rios, and others who committed similar crimes, could only be charged with a misdemeanor because the dog was a "mutt" prompted outraged citizens to take action, and Cooney's Law is now officially on the books.

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