Justice for Animals
Thank you, Pat Bryan, for bringing attention to the weak laws in place that prevent animal control and sheriff’s officers to prosecute people who have treated animals cruelly (March 16). I urge Sen. Blake to support and help pass the S2 bill, also known as Chamberlin’s Law.
I cannot believe the horrendous stories I continue to hear about animal abuse, right here in Moore County, and the people can just walk away with a slap on the wrist! This can’t be allowed to continue. Let us at least give some justice for these animals and get this law passed. It would:
- Change the language to the existing law, which is weak and subject to any interpretation, allowing people who commit heinous crimes on animals to get a slap on the wrist to actually be convicted.
- Set minimum standards for shelter (i.e., dog houses) that dogs must have if they are kept outside. This is important because many counties in North Carolina have no requirements for dog houses.
- Give judges the ability to prohibit the person convicted from having custody of animals for any period of time.
- Allow judges to order convicted animal abusers to receive psychiatric or psychological evaluation and/or counseling at the animal abuser’s expense.
Sen. Blake, it’s the least you can do. Please support Senate Bill S2 and give some justice to animals.
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