It always breaks my heart when I see stories in the news about animal cruelty. Some of the stuff I can't possibly fathom a person doing to a dog, cat or any other animal.

Now, lawmakers are taking a big stand against animal cruelty.

According to WIVB, the U.S. House has passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.

The "Pact Act" bans crushing, burning, drowning, impaling, among other things.

Congressman Vern Buchanan says the bill would specifically ban animal cruelty recorded on video, which would solve a loophole, as laws before have de-legalized creating and selling those videos, but not the acts of cruelty in them.

Those guilty of animal cruelty would now face up to seven years in prison.

Read the full story at WIVB.