YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
Published in the October 2012 Action Magazine
Ok, I got a little side-tracked over the past couple of months from my original journey. Not that taking a few side roads along any journey is a bad thing but it?s time to get back to the task at hand ? changing the animal welfare laws in Wisconsin. As I previously published, below is the rough draft of what I believe Shiloh?s Law should include:
Mistreatment of Animals to read as ?Mistreatment of and Cruelty to Animals?:
A person commits an offense if he wantonly or cruelly mistreats, overloads, beats, maims, torments, starves, intentionally poisons, otherwise abuses any animal, or neglects any animal as to which he has a duty of care, whether belonging to himself or otherwise, or abandons any animal, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter or veterinary care, or access to clean and sanitary shelter which protects the animal against inclement weather.
Add the following sections:
A. Owner?s Duties
Each owner shall provide for each of his/her animals: (a) sufficient quantity of good quality, wholesome food and water; (b) adequate shelter and protection from the weather; (c) veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering; and (d) humane care and treatment.
B. Impounding Animals
When a humane officer, law enforcement officer or a veterinarian finds that a violation of this Act has rendered an animal in such a condition that no remedy or corrective action by the owner is possible or the violator fails or refuses to take corrective action necessary for compliance, the animal may be impounded in a facility which will provide the elements of good care as set forth in section A of this Law, where such animals shall be examined by a licensed veterinarian.
In addition to any other penalty provided by law, the authority imposing sentence upon a conviction for any violation of this section may order the forfeiture or surrender of any abused, neglected or deprived animal of the defendant to a humane officer or society or the county or municipal pound or to a law enforcement officer.
D. Prohibition of Ownership
Notwithstanding any provision of law and in addition to any other penalty provided by law, the authority imposing sentence upon a conviction for any violation of this section may order the prohibition or limitation of the defendant?s ownership, possession, control or custody of animals or employment with the care of animals for a period of time not to exceed the maximum term of imprisonment applicable to the offense for which sentence is being imposed.
E. Confinement of Animals in Motor Vehicles
No owner or person shall confine any animal in a motor vehicle in such a manner that places it in a life or health threatening situation by exposure to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold, without proper ventilation or other protection from such heat or cold. In order to protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control officer or law enforcement officer who has probable cause to believe that this Section is being violated shall have authority to enter such motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or person.
There are many people in our community passionate about animal welfare and many have shared with me stories of why this topic is so important to them. We need everyone?s support to make a difference. I would like to invite anyone who has other thoughts, ideas, legislative connections or a passion for animals to attend a forum on Tuesday, 9/11/2012 at 7pm Kenosha Animal Hospital, 6223 39th Avenue. Please RSVP to (262) 658-3533 by no later than Monday, 9/10/2012
Shannon Adamczyk, Office Manager