Once again, the AKC is trying to block an animal-welfare measure
The Pennsylvania legislature is moving closer to passing legislation that would force those accused of animal cruelty to either pay for the care of the seized animals or relinquish them to a shelter.
The American Kennel Club, in typical fashion, is trying to block the bill from becoming law, as reported by Philly Dawg blog on the Philly.com website. The AKC is quoted as claiming the legislation “violates the due process rights of dog owners.”
But Amy Worden reports the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, animal law expert Bruce Wagman and other experts have reviewed the bill as being legally on the right track.
Too often, taxpayers or rescue groups have to cover the medical and general care cost for pets rescued from abusive situations, such as those saved from puppy mills. It’s time to force the abusers to pay. I feel that after the cases are resolved, the guilty need to be forced to pay the bills, in all cases.
Does the AKC ever support anti-puppy mill or anti-cruelty legislation? I haven’t seen it.