The two teenagers would adopt abandoned cats and dogs before torturing and killing them. Residents of their hometown, Khabarovsk, created an online petition – which has been signed by more than 330, 000 people – asking for measures to be taken by the authorities. Today, in the United States,46 of the 50 states have felony penalties for some forms of animal abuse. However, animal cruelty is most commonly charged as a misdemeanor offense. Thankfully, sentences for charges of animal cruelty seem to be getting stricter.