Baldacci Signs Bill that Will Crack Down on Animal Cruelty 

Each year the State of Maine receives hundreds of complaints against animal owners.Some folks say that highlights the need for stronger animal cruelty laws. Today Governor Baldacci signed a bill that will do just that.The new law draws attention to the seriousness of the crime and allows the state to recover the costs of moving and caring for the animals involved by charging the accused.Supporters say it also will help prevent repeat animal cruelty offenses and put a stop to those who see animals only as a product and fail to care for them.