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Legislation requiring abusers to pay for care of seized animals becomes law

A bill that will require animal abusers to pay for the cost of care for abused animals that have been seized, has been signed by the Governor and will now become law.

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hunterr1950 - 12/23/2013 7:13 AM
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redriveratdawn - I don't know where you live- for rescue groups to get soo much money from the abusers. I volunteer for a rescue group and we never see that much money. I volunteer my time, vehicle and gas to help animals. People are calling to surrender their dogs because they can’t afford food and vet treatment. If they don’t have enough money to feed their dogs they don’t have money for us - to take care of their pets. Do you know how sad to see a dog that should have weighed 150 lbs weighing only 87 lbs? We didn’t have enough proof to charge the owner with animal abuse but we still took the dog in and provided a foster home and care. Who should we turn to for the money? It all comes from donations! Another rescue - two adult dogs that had torn ligaments the owner couldn’t afford. One dog had both back legs needing surgery while the other dog only needed one leg repaired. Each leg cost at least $3,000.00 It took awhile but We collected enough money to pay for their surgeries. I’m sure for someone like you – you would have taken the dogs “out back” and shot them instead of trying to save them.

Sinend - 12/22/2013 12:08 PM
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It may not be stated elegantly but the first poster is correct. This is redundant, as anyone convicted will in nearly every case get hit with restitution fees on top of the criminal fees. This law really doesn't change anything. Side note - there are shelters who abuse this, who charge excessively for care, and then sell the animals, and then cry to the public for even more money. Not every shelter does this, but some do.

justice seeker - 12/21/2013 7:01 AM
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redriveratdawn: Yes the shelters that care for the abused animals from the seizure only get money because they reach out to the public. Imagine how much it costs to not only care for 1 animal, let alone 5-8.The courts don't always award tens of thousands of dollars.Your talking about large well known shelters like the SPCA etc. I believe they are speaking of shelters in general (wherever the animal is taken to for help), so yes these shelters could really use the monetary support as its just not the care but supplies and food that are needed to run a shelter. Yes this may not stop abuse but at least it's a step in the right direction- something positive. Why do you hate animal lovers?On another note if the abusers are required to already pay for the animals, this is making it mandatory and official. Because a judge can pose any kind of sentence they see fit, so not all abusers are required to pay towards the animals.

ninkasii - 12/19/2013 10:26 PM
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Someone tortured kittens when they were little.

redriveratdawn - 12/19/2013 8:26 PM
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And by "abusers" you really mean "hoarders". Guess what? This story and this idiotic legislation is a complete waste of time and money and is a red herring. Animal "abusers" already do pay for the animals. Not only that but, the outfits that get the animals from the seizure get tons of money in donations from the public, fees assessed on the owner, fines assessed on the owner for supposedly breaking a law somewhere, money in for resale of the supposedly abused animals and often, court awards in the tens of thousands of dollars (Houston SPCA many times over). That is, unless they kill all the animals, then they won't get money from resale, but still, that leaves 3 or 4 other revenue streams to tap. So, this law is completely redundant and unnecessary. Just a bunch of idiot politicians wanting to be able to claim that they "DID SOMETHING" for "abused" animals. BTW, this won't keep a single animal from being abused, so what was the point? Oh, yeah, the animal rights idiots get to say they "did something" "for the animals"...
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