According to Delegate Heather Mizeur, MD bill “SB203/HB484 recently passed the Senate and is headed to the House floor”.
This legislation would require a convicted animal abuse felon to pay for the costs of caring for their animal victims when said abuser is on trial. This bill would relieve Maryland’s already overburdened animal control and rescue organizations who are now carrying the entire burden of caring for an animal abuse defendant’s mistreated animals. These costs, which can rise to the level of tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, cover feeding, housing, and veterinary services for these victims of abuse.
In addition to this important legislation, according to Ms. Mizeur, bills are also on the way to the House that would “expand protections for domestic and wild animals in Maryland. HB1020/SB301, or Heidi’s Law, would create a registry for animal abusers; HB131/SB317 would require pet stores to inform prospective dog-owners about their new puppy’s birth and health, helping combat inhumane treatment in puppy mills; and HB393/SB465 would prohibit the sale of shark fins in Maryland, ending our state’s involvement with this cruel trade.”
Please contact your Maryland legislators to let them know you are an avid supporter of animal rights in Maryland. By supporting these bills, you will be making the lives of all animals living in Maryland safer and happier.