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Virginia farm animals protected by new law

BOTETOURT COUNTY, VA -- Botetourt County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jill Deegan has seen her fair share of animal abuse cases.

Until now, standard of care was set for cats and dogs. Agricultural animals were only protected by animal cruelty laws, where the animal was on its last leg.

"It was a higher standard, and conditions had to be worse," says Deegan.

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