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Sun, 21 Feb 2010
Legislative ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 companion animals: 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 bill: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?101+ful+HB281H2 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!
Posted 14:39

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Guy's, This is real Bad
Please don't let this pass by. This is right in line with the SB698 that we fought against 3 weeks ago. Surface value this bill doesn't look that bad. But, if this passes then it sets the table for SB698 to be brought back to the floor. The increased penalties will then be able to fund the organization that will be doing the inspections. This will put all kennels out of business in short order.
Posted by Jim Hackett


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