Q: Why arn't people held more accountable for animal neglect and cruelty
I don't understand why the people who neglect and are cruel to their animals are not held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent...It seems like all you see is fines being given and no real punishment.
Jan 26, 2009
It requires in a change of cultural thinking and believe it or not it is changing. I have been an avid reader of newspapers for over 1/2 a century and stories such as this weren't newsworthy because no one cared to report it if the authorities even cared enough to raid such a place. We have made progress but we cannot let up because we have a long way to go. We need to give the authorities stronger laws and raise awareness.
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Jan 25, 2009
I totally agree. At our shelter charging the person with a crime is so much hassle and then the penalties are so ludicrous that our ACO's say that it would take up so much of there time (w/ paperwork, court appearances) and such that it is frankly easier to continue with warnings and charging fines. Of course we live in a little town. If only we could afford an officer whose only job was to make sure this went through. Of course if the punishment fit the crime it might actually be worth fighting for. Hopefully the money Bob Barker is putting out for Pet Law study will change this.
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