A state lawmaker introduced a bill that, if enacted, would increase penalties for animal mistreatment recidivism.

Assemblyman Cesar Adrian Gonzalez said every year about 60,000 animals die in Mexico due to mistreatment, leaving the country in third worldwide.

According to the lawnmower less than a third of the 18 million dogs living in Mexico have an owner. However some nonprofits estimate the number of loose dogs could reach 25 million.

Gonzalez said videos of mutilated and tortured animals are shared in social media and allowed by relatives and friends of the suspects. The Assemblyman introduced a bill that would modify the State’s Penal Code to increase penalties by half for those convicted of a second violation in order to stop this crime from being committed twice.

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