Senate File 137, which provides peace officers, animal control officers, and local governments with the ability to take animals if they witness what they believe to be acts of cruelty, has narrowly passed a House committee hearing today and is pending consideration in the full House of Representatives. If the animals are taken, then the owner must cover the costs of care, and the local government may have a lien against the animals if they choose.
While the bill does not require officers to seize animals and take charge of their care, there are no guidelines for reasonable costs, and only a vague timeframe for how long an owner must continue to pay.
This bill unanimously passed the Senate in January.
The AKC believes that no animal should be treated in a cruel or negligent manner or kept in a situation where its health or safety is at risk. This bill, however, could potentially violate a responsible pet owner’s property and due process rights.
How You Can Help:
Senate File 137 continues to quickly move through the legislature. Contact the members of the Wyoming House of Representatives TODAY and express your questions and concerns with Senate File 137 as currently written.
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The AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) will continue to provide updates on Senate File 137. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or email@example.com.