Animal Law. Legal news and articles for April 28 - 30, 2017

Stiff penalties for animal abuseThousands sign petition requesting Virginia law to protect pets during harsh temperaturesOwners Who Left Dog For Dead Plead Guilty to Animal AbuseLaw Student Applying New Skills to Local ImprovementsPuppy wars: The fight to shut puppy mills without hurting legit breedersThousands sign petition requesting Va. law to protect pets during harsh temperaturesCaddo Animal Shelter so full, over 70 animals being transported to avoid euthanizationPonce Inlet mulls statue of puppy beaten to deathPonce Inlet mulls statue of puppy beaten to deathHouse votes to toughen animal cruelty lawsBills would increase sentences for animal abuse in domestic violenceCouple charged with 680 counts of animal crueltyClinton Township dog owners sent to jail in case of tortured Shih TzuTighten the leash, end animal cruelty in MumbaiState laws complicate removal of animals from homeless camps despite recent dog bites

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NY Bills Aim to Create Statewide Animal Abuse Registry
My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22April 3, 2017

The Elmore SPCA works closely with local law enforcement agencies, including the Plattsburgh Police Department, on animal cruelty cases. “I think anything to increase the sanctions for animal cruelty and neglect and abuse is a positive thing,” said Lt ...more »

Westport farm owner, 26 others indicted in 'deplorable' animal cruelty case
SouthCoastToday.comApril 5, 2017

Lt. Alan Borgal of the Animal Rescue League of Boston said the case was "unparalleled" to anything he has seen in 37 years of animal law enforcement. "The sheer number of animals in dire need of care, and the cruel and unsanitary conditions we found ...more »

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Stiff penalties for animal abuse
Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)April 30, 2017

ZNSPCA chief inspector Ms Glynis Vaughan said: "With the increase in fines, animal cruelty offenders will find it more difficult to find the money to avoid court. Court appearances can be costly as offenders will need legal representation and ...more »

Thousands sign petition requesting Virginia law to protect pets during harsh temperatures
Roanoke TimesApril 30, 2017

In Tennessee, Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Julie Canter, who prosecutes cases of animal cruelty, said there is always room for improvement in the law. “We will never be able to legislate the way people think, laws should be in place to ...more »

Owners Who Left Dog For Dead Plead Guilty to Animal Abuse
NBC 7 San DiegoApril 30, 2017

Owners Who Left Dog For Dead Plead Guilty to Animal Abuse Charges. Terrier mix solei had leg amputated from injuries. By Ashley Matthews. processing... Fetching questions... NEWSLETTERS. Receive the latest local updates in your inbox. Email.more »

Law Student Applying New Skills to Local Improvements
Montgomery County NewspaperApril 29, 2017

Now in her final year at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, Montgomery County native, Madison Hubbs is putting her skills toward giving back to her hometown by working to improve local animal protection laws. As part of her coursework for a ...more »

Puppy wars: The fight to shut puppy mills without hurting legit breeders
NJ.comApril 29, 2017

A bill that would strengthen what some animal activists call the most comprehensive ban on "puppy mills" in the nation is close to becoming law, but some say it could make it harder for New Jerseyans to buy cats and dogs and could hurt the state's ...more »

Thousands sign petition requesting Va. law to protect pets during harsh temperatures
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)April 29, 2017

“We will never be able to legislate the way people think, laws should be in place to protect the defenseless and vulnerable, both human and animal,” Canter said. “Petitions such as these often bring attention to issues that may not always be on the ...more »

Caddo Animal Shelter so full, over 70 animals being transported to avoid euthanization
KTBSApril 29, 2017

"It's my proposal that I'll make this week. It's a voluntary registration. If you want to do it, it's $10." Middleton says this helps get lost pets off the streets, and back to their owners. The commission plans to take a final vote on the new animal ...more »

Ponce Inlet mulls statue of puppy beaten to death
Daytona Beach News-JournalApril 28, 2017

The social media reaction to the death of "Ponce the dog" was swift and largely merciless after reports that Travis Archer, 43, had been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. Twitter and Facebook pages in the name of Justice for Ponce were ...more »

Ponce Inlet mulls statue of puppy beaten to death
Daytona Beach News-JournalApril 28, 2017

The incident spurred animal advocates to demand harsher penalties for animal abuse in Florida. Now, the town's parks board will weigh the idea of a memorial. "Our community has felt enormous grief and outrage over the April 8th animal abuse incident ...more »

House votes to toughen animal cruelty laws
Indiana GazetteApril 28, 2017

HARRISBURG — New rules for tethered dogs and other changes to animal cruelty laws passed the Pennsylvania House by a wide margin Wednesday, a package supporters argued was long overdue. The bill would establish grades of violations up to a ...more »

Bills would increase sentences for animal abuse in domestic violence
Spartan NewsroomApril 28, 2017

Supporters say the increased penalties would help prevent both animal abuse crimes and domestic violence. “It addresses a gap in the law right now,” said Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, the primary sponsor. “The current statute doesn't deal with the ...more »

Couple charged with 680 counts of animal cruelty
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionApril 28, 2017

The animals, which included a horse, dogs and puppies, cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens and ducks, were in need of urgent veterinary care when animal workers were called to the couple's property, according to The Humane Society of the United States.more »

Clinton Township dog owners sent to jail in case of tortured Shih Tzu
Detroit Free PressApril 28, 2017

"Elvira's case will help pave the way for stricter laws and increased sentencing consequences that send a message to others in Macomb County. Animal abuse and animal torture will not be tolerated.'' Today, Elvira is living in a foster home. N.B.S ...more »

Tighten the leash, end animal cruelty in Mumbai
Hindustan TimesApril 28, 2017

Tighten the leash, end animal cruelty in Mumbai. Cruelty to pets is going unchecked not only because of lax laws, but also because of their poor implementation and a lack of awareness. Get aware, get involved and make sure pets are treated well.more »

State laws complicate removal of animals from homeless camps despite recent dog bites
Hawaii News NowApril 28, 2017

Over the past several days five people have been bitten by loose dogs at Kakaako Waterfront Park. In each case the animal belonged to homeless campers. But according to the Hawaiian Humane Society, laws don't permit officials to confiscate an animal, ...more »

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