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ND voters want stiffer animal cruelty laws

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GRAND FORKS -- North Dakota voters would overwhelmingly support raising penalties for "extreme and malicious" acts of animal cruelty to felony levels, according to a poll commissioned by the Humane Society of the United States.

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The state is one of three that treat extreme cruelty to pets as a low-level misdemeanor, according to the society. The others are South Dakota and Idaho.

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