The Wyoming Senate continues to consider how to address the issue of animals being seized, and the payment of their care during impoundment.
Both Senate Bills 24 and 25 would require those whose animals are seized on suspicion of cruelty to pay a bond to cover the costs of care while the animals are impounded.
AKC expressed significant concerns with Senate Bill 24, which could have caused someone to permanently lose ownership of their animals if they fail to pay for care – even if they are found not guilty. The Senate Agriculture, State, Public Lands, & Water Committee tabled this bill and it will not advance.
Senate Bill 25 is a better alternative in some respects, but AKC is asking for specific clarifications that affirmatively protect the rights of innocent animal owners. This bill has been reassigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Wyoming Legislature is wrapping up an 8-day virtual session this week, and with few exceptions will not be scheduling hearings again until the end of February. AKC will continue to monitor this issue and provide more information when it is available. For questions, contact AKC GR at firstname.lastname@example.org.