A pair of bills to crack down on animal abuse passed the full Assembly on Monday. Nelson Albano and Bob Andrzejczak were among the bill sponsors. One bill would make it a crime of the fourth degree for needlessly killing an animal or creature by depriving them of “necessary care” such as proper food, drink, shelter, or protection from the weather. Anyone found guilty of violating this provision would be subject to a fine ranging from $1000 – 3000, up to 18 months imprisonment or both. The other would establish requirements concerning standards for the care of dogs in all pet shops licensed and operating in the state as a condition of pet shop licensure. The first bill will head to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for approval, the second goes to the Senate for further consideration.