HB 281 Animal cruelty; increases penalties,
Delegate David B. Albo (R) - House District 42
Summary as passed House: (all summaries) Animal
cruelty; penalty. Increases the penalty for the
animal cruelty resulting from an owner's failure to
provide adequate food, adequate water, adequate
shelter, and adequate veterinary care from a Class
4 to a Class 2 misdemeanor. Violations related to
adequate space, adequate exercise, and adequate
care, treatment and transportation are increased
from a Class 4 to a Class 3 misdemeanor. The civil
penalty for failure to sterilize a dog or cat
adopted from a releasing agency is increased from
$50 to $250.
This bill criminalizes and provides for up to six
months in jail and a $1000 fine for dog care
violations, even a first offense! The bill does not
define “Adequate” or the standards they must use in
charging you! Animal control officers are only
required to have 96 hours of training!
A. Each owner shall provide for each of his
1. Adequate feed;
2. Adequate water;
3. Adequate shelter that is properly cleaned;
7. Veterinary care when needed or to prevent
suffering or disease transmission.
B. Violation of this section is subdivisions A 1, A
2, A 3, and A7 shall be a Class 4 2 misdemeanor.
Violation of subdivisions A 4, A 5, and A 6 shall
be a Class 3 misdemeanor. For the full text of this
Call your State Senators today and politely ask
them to oppose this extremely bad bill!!
This bill will be heard in the Senate Agriculture,
Conservation and Natural Resources Committee on Monday!