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Animal Abuse Laws Stronger After Vick Prosecution, But Still Not Ideal, Experts Say

Following the Michael Vick dogfighting case, laws in Virginia — and across the country — were strengthened to aid state-level animal cruelty prosecutions. But it's still hard to get substantive jail time for most intentional animal cruelty cases, said Virginia Assistant Attorney General Michelle Welch during a forum Friday at the University of Virginia School of Law.