I just had the thought that if we could pull the troops out of the middle east we could put these guys to work right here in the USA. We could have them be the enforcers of animal protection and responsibility laws. They could even help code enforcement to help keep our neighborhoods up to par standards. If a complaint that a dog is on the loose happens, this officer can check the fence of the yard and impose penalties to the owner of the home and or fix the fence and then send a bill for payment. If they dont pay then put out a warrant for their arrest. People in this country need to realise the important responsibility they take on when they own a pet. These guys can spend time protecting our interests here on our soil, where we need it most.
I am happy to read today that a very close form of a bill I wanted to see pass is before a NJ court now. Everyone seems to support it but it is in a stall because the “government” is changing up duties and reassigning offices. A bogus excuse if you ask me. Someone on the opposition is paying someone else to drag their feet long enough so it wont possibly pass.
If we could just begin to focus our military/economic energies into the USA we can begin to strengthen us back to top of the pack. Little problems develope to big ones when there is no plan of action. Remember the saying “Fail to plan, Plan to fail”? We have seen from the past what new things we need to do for the future. There are many good answers to problems we face on a daily basis.
Let your Congressmen know what you want. Be specific. Give them the following details and demand to see this in your county.
S2952 , to be known and cited as the “Dog Ownership Guarantee Act” or DOG Act, would protect potential pet owners and pets by expanding and revising requirements under current State law.
Under current law, pet shops, kennels, shelters, and pounds are licensed by municipalities, but other sellers of dogs are not licensed. The bill establishes a dog dealer license to be issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety, without changing the current licensing of pet shops, kennels, shelters, and pounds by municipalities or the Department of Health and Senior Services regulations of these entities. A dog dealer is defined in the bill as any person engaged in the ordinary course of business in the sale of dogs to the public for profit or any person who sells or offers for sale more than one litter of dogs in one year, including out-of-State dealers, and who does not operate as a kennel, pet shop, shelter, or pound.
Finally, the bill amends the “Pet Purchase Protection Act” to make it consistent with the provisions of this bill, and authorizes the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Division of Consumer Affairs to adopt regulations necessary to implement the act and this bill.
I really like the following bill too as it begins to help owners understand the responsibilities of pet ownership. If people knew how difficult it was to provide everything a pet needs for 15 years we would have much less irresponsible owners.
S2489 Establishes cruel restraint of a dog as an animal cruelty offense
This bill establishes the animal cruelty offense of cruelly restraining a dog under the State animal cruelty laws. The bill establishes cruelly restraining a dog as a disorderly person’s offense, and a person who cruelly restrains a dog may also be liable for a civil penalty of $500 to $1,000. A disorderly person’s offense is punishable by up to six months in jail, up to $1,500 in fines, or both.
There are maximum restraint periods of 3 hours. I think this is fantastic! Dont know how many times I have seen dogs tied up outside their home for weeks with no dog house. Still these bills will face problems when it comes to enforcement which is why I remind you to get involved and let your representatives know where you stand. I know there is a page on this site that lists all your contacts.
We have no one to blame but ourselves that neglect and cruelty are still socially acceptable means of treatment to animals.
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