The lawmakers were encouraged to pass legislation to streamline the procedure for paying for the care of animals impounded in cruelty cases and also to safeguard pets in extreme climate conditions.
“That is a significant bill, but it is not a complex one. I consider abusers, not citizens, should bear those costs of caring for mistreated animals,” said Del. Waldstreicher.
“The high price to medically handle and shelter animals lawfully confiscated in cruelty cases presents among the most significant challenges to applying Maryland’s animal cruelty laws,” said Chloe Waterman, senior supervisor of state legislative strategy for the ASPCA. “A powerful ‘price of animal care’ law provides much-needed aid to local animal control agencies and citizens, and can save the lives of innumerable creatures. The ASPCA is pleased to host this event with our associates at Maryland Votes for Creatures and also to be joined by animal control agencies from the other side of the state to raise consciousness of the problems.”
“I’m proud to partner with animal welfare supporters to support common sense legislation that protects dogs from being tethered in excessive temperatures,” said Del. Stein. Together with the support of Maryland Votes for Animals, the ASPCA as well as the Humane Society, I anticipate the bill’s passage.”
“Maryland Votes for Critters is a powerful supporter of chances for Marylanders to join using their legislators about significant animal protection problems that impact individuals and creatures within their districts,” said Lisa Radov, executive director of Maryland Votes for Animals. “The creatures that have no voice rely on Maryland’s humanist voters and legislators to safeguard them to ensure they’re handled humanely. With all the latest temperature extremes and dangerous weather events affecting our place, individuals are concerned with the wellbeing of the creatures in Maryland, especially dogs chained outside.