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Congress has approved the first law making severe animal abuse a federal crime, in a move that Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., calls "a milestone for pet owners and animal lovers across the country." Getty Images/Image Source hide caption

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Wayne Pacelle, former CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, at a 2015 news conference. Pacelle resigned Friday. Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States hide caption

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University of Connecticut law professor Jessica Rubin, left, and law student Taylor Hansen present arguments as animal advocates in a dogfighting case in Hartford on Tuesday. Connecticut is the first state to allow court-appointed advocates to represent animals in cruelty and abuse cases. Pat Eaton-Robb/AP hide caption

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These pit bull puppies in St. Louis were among the hundreds seized across seven states in 2009 in the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Along With Assault And Arson, FBI Starts To Track Animal Abuse

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