BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A bill introduced into the Louisiana State Legislature recently would set minimum penalties for people found guilty of animal cruelty.

House Bill 607 would require that first-time offenders pay at least a $300 fine or spend at least 30 days in jail, or both.

The bill also allows judges to make offenders pay for medical treatments for the animal.

The current state law sets no minimums for simple animal cruelty for first-time offenders but does cap their punishment at either a $1000 fine or six months in jail, or both.