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Proposed bill would make it a crime to sexually assault any animal in the state of Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  A bill filed in the Kentucky General Assembly would make it a crime to sexually assault any animal in the state of Kentucky.

HB 480 was introduced on Friday. It effectively establishes "sexual assault against an animal" as a criminal offense and creates penalties for the crime.

According to the text of the bill, the crime is a Class A misdemeanor, unless the animal suffers death or serious physical injury, in which case it is considered a Class D felony.

In addition to any criminal penalties, such as fines or jail time, anyone convicted of the crime may be ordered to relinquish custody of all animals, attend a psychological or psychiatric treatment program, or reimburse the agency caring for the animal for any treatment costs.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, a Democrat from Shively, Kentucky.

The proposal is similar to HB 143, a bill introduced last month that would make it a felony to sexually assault a cat or dog.

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