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Gov. Bev Perdue is expected to sign the animal cruelty prevention bill known as Susie’s Law Wednesday. The law was named after an 8-week-old puppy that was tortured, burned and left to die in Greensboro last summer. The State Senate unanimously approved the bill last week. It holds that instead of a misdemeanor, it will become a felony to intentionally starve, torture, mutilate or disfigure an animal in North Carolina. Legislators say the bill raises the bar and provides awareness to animal cruelty cases. Once signed, the law will go into effect Dec. 1.