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Report cites weak laws in rising animal cruelty cases

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee is one of the worst states when it comes to taking a bite out of animal cruelty. The Humane Society says the Volunteer State faced more large-scale animal emergencies than any other in the past three years. The dubious recognition is sparking debate over tougher penalties for animal abusers.
The report says nearly half of Tennessee's 95 counties lack proper shelters. Protection rules vary widely by county, and animal cruelty remains a misdemeanor. "From our point of view, we want to provide and care for the animals," said Rawls.

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