FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2021
Representative Mark Hall
Phone: (615) 741-1350
NASHVILLE – Following the tragedy that took place in Cleveland, TN on September 22, 2021, “JOKER’S LAW” is now heading to the General Assembly of the great State of Tennessee.
Today, I signed the document to amend the Tennessee Code Annotated relative to criminal offenses against an animal. The outpour of support from the people of the State of Tennessee and the others in this great Country, have been heard. The State of Tennessee will not stand for any abuse nor any harm, toward our partners, K-9 or otherwise. This amendment is aimed at criminals, plain and simple. It is aimed at criminals regardless of age, who are committing crimes, which injure or kill any service K-9 or horse. This amendment specifically classifies these crimes as a Class B FELONY, which can be punishable by eight to 30 years’ imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $25,000 per TCA 40-35-111. My team, who serves the 24th District, has worked hard on this amendment to get attention it deserves and to execute the actions needed to establish severe consequences for harming our partners like Joker.
“I am Mark Hall. I am the voice of the people who sent me to Nashville. The same people who respect and admire the men and women of Law Enforcement, Emergency Service, Public Service and in this case importantly, the PARTNERS of these servants. I stand with many other leaders and Representatives of the great State of Tennessee and proudly send this amendment to floor as soon as reasonably possible.”