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Q: Why arn't people held more accountable for animal neglect and cruelty

January 25, 2009 | By Kim | 14 answers | Expired: 1999 days ago

Kim

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.

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Heather F.
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Feb 08, 2009

I think it is because in our society money (or rather the lack of it) is still more important than nature. The lowest rank of things that live is occupied by plants, second rank is animals, then kids and the elderly. Abuse against these are so easy to get away with.

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Helen B.
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Feb 05, 2009

Three years ago I had my dog killed in her own yard because a teenager was going 85 in a 25 mph speed zone. The police were called, arrived and an hour later he got a $200 speeding fine. After I almost went to jail over this I was told by the police officer that "It is too bad. I understand how upset you are but the law only considers animals as property." I further argued this legally that if my pets were property I had to right to take them into anyplace I wanted to. Of course, some restaurants in Florida now allow dogs. My point is this....until more people push for harsher penalties for these idiots it is going to continue to happen. It isn't right and we all need to make a stand. This has to STOP!

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Jessica T.
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Jan 27, 2009

To put these individuals in jail still crosses the cultural line in our country where people believe that animals are property and have no real rights. Also, placing these individuals in jail, or slapping them with the full force of the book would require more money and time than the state and local governments can put forth. Right now our priority is still keeping the roads safe and our children safe and in school. Law enfocement doesn't have time to keep all of the pets safe as well.

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Chitown
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Jan 27, 2009

It's about money -- prosecution of animal abusers diverts limited funds from meth dealer and child molester prosecutions. But public pressure and lobbying for animal protection legislation is shifting the emphasis.

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Dennis S.
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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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Judy  Z.
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Jan 25, 2009

An African American in Milwaukee was just charged in court with abuse/animal cruelty - the police found his Pit Bull frozen to death - another dog was found in his garage starving to death with frost bite. The living dog is at the Wisconsin Humane society -- he could have turned both of them over to the Humane Society and they would have found them good homes..... How do we educate people?

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Clarsax
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Jan 25, 2009

For whatever reason, most states see animals as personal property in the legal sense, and not as living things or family members. Because of this the courts generally only punished based on the money value of the personal property, and since pets can be given away for free, this means very little punishments. That's starting to change a little bit, but not enough to count in most places.

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Kristen M.
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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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WCHS H.
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Jan 25, 2009

I agree with you as well. People never get enough of a punishment when it comes to animals. We have seen so many terrible things related to animal abuse and no one ever gets the fine or jail time they should.

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erma j.
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Jan 25, 2009

I totally agree where i live we dont have any kind of a law for strays and our shelters are to full that if we find a stry we either have to keep it or find it a good home which ive done countless times, there r so many animals not fix and they just keep populating.I have had so many animals dumped in my trash can that i know where pets because they were so friendly and lovable. seems we need more of us that care but in todays society it seems to be getting worse. ppl should not take in pets if thye dont realize its a lifetime commitment

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