Gucci, the dog that inspired Gucci’s law, died recently at age 16. This chow-husky mix was the real life example of how cruel some humans can be toward canines. In 1994, when he was a just a puppy, a group of young people hung him by the neck and set him on fire. Miraculously, he survived. Then, afterward, steps were taken by this dog's owner to enact tougher laws to punish individuals who take pleasure in hurting domesticated animals in their state.
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Gucci’s law, the Pet Protection Act, was passed in 2000. It made first-degree cruelty of a domesticated dog or cat a felony punishable up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $5,000. In addition, abuse and neglect toward a dog or a cat was considered a misdemeanor worthy of 1 year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Gucci’s law sent a message out to the public that man’s favorite pets were to be treated with respect and care or there would be severe consequences.