Montana Representative’s proposal could further endanger abused animals

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Montana state representative Rep. Theresa Manzella (R-Darby) has proposed a law where animal shelters would need permission from the accused to take in and care for the animals in abuse cases.

Manzella claims shelter and humane staff have too much authority now in taking in animals from these cases. But those opposed to her proposal fear animal abusers could use the provisions to block even law enforcement officials from seizing animals.

The story ran Saturday on the Ravalli Republic website. The fear also is that shelters will shy away from taking in seized dogs, even when law enforcement brings them in.

A concern I have is for dog-fighting cases. Are the dog fighters going to be able to keep their dogs, as the case works its way through the courts? I think the welfare of the abuse animals needs to be a greater concern.

The actual text of the proposal is not included in the article. If the wording has any holes in it, the abusers will take full advantage.

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