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Senator Jim Holzapfel Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10)
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February 2, 2017
Holzapfel Bill Combating Animal Cruelty Passed by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) to prevent the cruel treatment of animals was today advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s bill to prevent animal cruelty statewide was advanced by the Senate Budget Committee. (©

“This legislation aims to prevent the inhumane tethering of animals for long periods of time, making them defenseless and unable to care for themselves,” Senator Holzapfel said. “This cruel and heartless treatment is horrifying and must be stopped.”

Senator Holzapfel’s bill, S-1640/S-1642/S-1013, makes it unlawful to tether a dog in a way that poses a risk of entanglement, strangulation, drowning or other harm to the health or safety of the dog. The legislation also requires the provision of proper shelter for a dog during severe weather conditions, and allows dogs found to be at risk of imminent harm to be taken into custody.

In addition, the bill provides that when state or local officials issue an order of evacuation due to weather or other emergency conditions, the owner must make every effort to evacuate with the animal, and not leave the animal indoors or outdoors while unattended and tethered.

“This will help prevent the suffering of dogs that are left outside during extreme weather without access to proper shelter or that live in other unhealthy or unsafe conditions,” said Senator Holzapfel. “We’re sending a strong message to abusive pet owners and others who mistreat dogs that their behavior will not be tolerated.”

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