Legislative news out of Florida and Rhode Island
A case where an accused person was fined just $50 to cover court costs after pleading no contest in an “animal mistreatment” case, a Rhode Island lawmaker wants to push for tougher punishments.
Rep. David Bennett is sponsoring a bill to raise the fine to $1,000 for convicted animal abusers and it would prohibit them from possessing an animal for five years.
And in Florida, the Miami Herald is reporting on a bill that “would allow animal shelters to decide on a case-by-case basis if dogs bred to attack — often pit bulls — or those used as bait to train fighters — think poodles — could be rehabilitated and, eventually, adopted.”
So this bill would allow former fighting dogs to be adopted, at least those who are shown to have recovered from their ordeals.