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Cooney’s Law Brings Justice To Mutilated Rescue Dog

Cooney’s Law Brings Justice To Mutilated Rescue Dog

Nevada’s Governor signed two bills into law last week to protect animals.  Cooney’s Law makes it a felony to unjustifiably mutilate, torture, maim, starve or kill an animal and a long overdue Puppy Mill Law establishes rules for commercial breeders.

When Governor Brian Sandoval, an animal lover with four dogs, two cats, two frogs and a turtle signed Cooney’s Law he brought the state into compliance with 44 other states that make extreme cruelty to animals a felony crime. 

Cooney was a 3-year-old rescued Pit bull mix who was brutally killed when her owner cut open her stomach with a box-cutter.  Raymond Rios was a transient living in a motel in Reno, NV.  He thought a mouse had crawled into the dog’s stomach, so he placed her into the bathtub and mutilated her in an attempt to release the rodent.  Cooney died from her injuries.

The law in effect at the time only allowed Rios to be charged with a misdemeanor crime.

Cooney’s Law, which was sponsored by Sen. Shirley Breeden, D-Henderson would now make a crime like this a felony that is punishable by at least one year in prison. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the law applies to “cats, dogs or any animal kept by a person for companionship or pleasure.”

The Puppy Mill Law requires animal breeders to be licensed and allows animal control officers to inspect the facility at “any reasonable hour.”

It also requires commercial breeders to:

  • Breed female dogs that are at least 18 months-old.
  • Only breed female dogs once a year.
  • Eliminate wire flooring in crates and stop the stacking of cages.
  • Provide adequate shelter, food and water for animals.
  • Provide cages with enough space for dogs to sit, stand, turn around and lie down.
  • Microchip animals and vaccinate against rabies.

The Review-Journal reported, “More than half of the Republicans in the Legislature voted against the two animal bills.”

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9:25PM PST on Nov 13, 2012

If you are truly love the animals and as a animal lover, please dont support the Republicans. They have voted against the Animal cruelty bills in the legislature.

9:20PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Animal abusers need to be given more appropriate penalties than the usual slap on the wrist probation...

6:03PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Brittaney M,
This guy is walking around probably hurting other animals. If he ever gets arrested for animal abuse again you should really go testify and tell your story, so he'd be put away for a long time. Hopefully Cooney's law would get him next time.

7:40AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

The article reads in part: "Cooney’s Law makes it a felony to unjustifiably mutilate, torture, maim, starve or kill an animal and a long overdue Puppy Mill Law establishes rules for commercial breeders.

"Unjustifiably"....what? WHEN is it justified?

3:03AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Yes, it certainly should be a felony crime all over the world.

2:34PM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Glad the governor did right!

3:51PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

do you guys want to hear something sad that dog Cooney wasnt Raymond Rios she was mine and i miss her she was my world and when i found out was when this all past and he wasnt getting aressted yet, but he got arrested on christmas eve and he didnt even do time and that pisses me off he was my moms boyfrined and he always was hurting our animals and most of the time was the one trying to get him to stop and then i would get arested myself because i would do anything and everything to get him to stop if you want to hear more on what happen after all that hit me up on facebook brittaney mollinedo and today april 7th is cooney mollinedos birthday

10:51AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

He killed an animal to save another one? That's completely undermining the purpose of "Kill or be killed." This man is obviously sick.

10:25PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Wow! First time I've ever seen all respondents vote one way! (the trolls must be off torturing animals). I just don't understand hurting animals, who depend on us for their survival. Never have, never will.

8:54AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Only 1 year in prison??? It's sick what that bastard did to that dog. Imagine the pain....

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