You abuse, torture or kill an animal, you go to jail. It's that simple and that's what the laws says in the State of Michigan. However, the penalty is about to get a lot stiffer.

According to WILX-TV, two state laws are due to go into effect this month that will increase the max that a person will get should they engage in the aforementioned acts against animals.

People who are convicted of torturing or killing an animal can now be incarcerated for up to ten years. That increases the current maximum penalty six years for those acts.

Also, if a person engages in harming or killing an animal to cause emotional distress on another human, the offending party could be sentenced to up to ten years by a judge if convicted.

These bills were signed into law by then Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

Get more info here from WILX-TV.