Wild Animal Ownership Limited in WV

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To The West Virginia legislature for passing the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

Tigers like this one cannot be legally treated as captive house pets in West Virginia.

Tigers like this one will no longer be  legally treated as captive house pets in West Virginia.

According to a news story , “The West Virginia legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit the possession of dangerous wild animals in the state.” Under this bill, future ownership of wild animals, such as wild cats, bears, primates, venomous and constrictor snakes, and alligators, would be prohibited. The legislation has been sent to Governor Tomblin for his signature.

Take Action: West Virginia residents, contact your governor and urge him to sign the Dangerous Wild Animals Act into law. Residents of other states, make sure your state has adequate laws to protect its citizens against the unregulated ownership of wild animals.

 

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Wild Animal Ownership Limited in WV

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This is not a pet.

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To The West Virginia legislature for passing the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

According to a news story, “The West Virginia legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit the possession of dangerous wild animals in the state.” Under this bill, future ownership of wild animals, such as wild cats, bears, primates, venomous and constrictor snakes, and alligators, would be prohibited. The legislation has been sent to Governor Tomblin for his signature.

Take Action: West Virginia residents, contact your governor and urge him to sign the Dangerous Wild Animals Act into law. Residents of other states, make sure your state has adequate laws to protect its citizens against the unregulated ownership of wild animals.

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Spay/Neuter Assistance

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The Spay/Neuter Assistance Fund bill will help control pet overpopulation in states such as West Virginia.

The Spay/Neuter Assistance Fund bill will help control pet overpopulation in states such as West Virginia.

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To the West Virginia legislature for enacting and Governor Tomblin for signing into law SB 202, the Spay/Neuter Assistance Fund bill.

With more cats and dogs being born in West Virginia than can be adopted, the West Virginia legislature has decided to do something about spay/neuter on a statewide scale. The Spay/Neuter Assistance bill will help fund these vital surgeries to reduce the number of unwanted companion animals entering shelters, being left to succumb in the wild, or abandoned on other people’s property.

West Virginia joins several other states in recognizing the need to help relieve shelters and animal control agencies in the state with the burden of housing unwanted puppies and kittens.

Take Action: West Virginia residents, thank your legislators and governor for helping reduce the number of unwanted companion animals in the state. Residents of other states, contact your legislators to see if such an assistance program is needed where you live.

Puppies Are Protected in WV

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West Virginia has recently passed SB 437, a bill that will ensure proper standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities.

West Virginia has recently passed SB 437, a bill that will ensure proper standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities.

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To the West Virginia State legislature for enacting and Governor Tomblin for signing into law SB 437, the puppy mill bill.

West Virginia has joined with a number of other states that want to ensure safe, healthy standards of care for dogs living in commercial breeding establishments often referred to as puppy mills.

According to a bill recently signed by the governor, a “‘Commercial dog breeder’ means any person who (A) Maintains eleven or more unsterilized dogs over the age of one year; (B) Is engaged in the business of breeding dogs as household pets for direct or indirect sale or for exchange in return for consideration;”

Take Action: West Virginia residents, please thank your legislators and governor for protecting dogs in commercial breeding operations in West Virginia. Residents of other states, if you do not have laws protecting dogs in commercial breeding facilities, please contact your legislators and urge them to introduce legislation today.

Update to Animal Abuser Registries

Texas, Washington, and West Virginia now have legislation pending regarding animal abuser registries.

Texas, Washington, and West Virginia now have legislation pending regarding animal abuser registries.

Update: New states introducing animal abuser registry legislation include: Texas (HB 3747), Washington (HB 1786), and West Virginia (SB 468).

Legislation is currently pending for several states that would create animal abuser registries for those convicted of crimes involving animal abuse. Read our previous post for the full story.

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Fewer Unwanted Puppies in West Virginia

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To the Mercy County Commission for approving a new spay-neuter ordinance.

According to a news story, “…the ordinance would require pet owners to alter any cat or dog more than 6 months old unless they pay a $50 fee….” The ordinance also establishes an annual fee for breeding animals and requires all animals to be at least seven weeks old with proper vaccinations prior to sale.

Sterilization programs will slowly reduce the amount of animal suffering in the area by reducing the number of unwanted animals who die in shelters or on the streets. These progressive measures also save the county money while setting an example to neighboring communities.

The fees and regulations put on breeders in the county will help curb unscrupulous individuals who breed and sell unhealthy animals at the cost to both consumers and animals while earning money to help care for the homeless animals waiting in shelters.

Take Action: Write a letter to the Mercer County commissioners applauding their efforts to reduce pet overpopulation in their area and to continue the good work. Also, look into the regulations in your area. If your location does not have a spay-neuter ordinance, write to the local commission.

Also, do your part to end overpopulation and ensure that the animals around you are spayed or neutered.

Commissioner Joe Coburn
Commissioner Jay Mills
Commissioner Karen S. Disibbio
Mercer County Commission
1501 West Main Street, Suite 210
Princeton, WV 24740
Tele.: 304-487-8308
Fax: 304-487-8370
Email: mercercocommission@frontier.net

Source:
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
WVVA.com

When you think about it…sometimes you just don’t want to think about it

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Often, we read stories about horrific and inhumane treatment of animals. For example, a Hancock County, West Virginia, man was arrested recently for allegedly torturing and killing 29 dogs while holding a woman captive for several months.

Few of us want to think about this. Few of us can comprehend the mind that finds torturing animals appropriate behavior, while forcing another to watch and, according to a news source, clean up the bloody mess. Few of us want to see the pictures or contemplate the terror the dogs experienced. But as a compassionate society, we have to envision all the horrors that can befall those who cannot speak, let alone care, for themselves. And then, we must take action when one of our own violates the standards of our community.

Yet, for many of us we simply gasp when we read the headlines, shake our heads, wring our hands, and move on to the next story. We may shed a tear for the lost souls or reach out in an attempt to adopt one of the survivors of the tragedy. Is that all we can do?

When you think about it there is much we can do. According to one news story, “[the accused] obtained dogs, mostly puppies, through classified ads – fooling unsuspecting individuals into believing that he would be providing their dogs with a safe, loving home.” So, there’s an easy action we can take. We will never advertise an animal free to good home. We are not selling linens or an unused wedding dress. We are trying to find a loving home for a living being.

Animals are considered property under the law. In fact, they have as much status as those linens and that wedding dress. But we do have animal cruelty laws that go a step further in protecting living, breathing property. Some communities consider starving an animal a simple misdemeanor; others view such behavior as bordering on torture and will indict on felony level charges. Regardless of what the laws are in our locale, we can fight to improve them, to protect the animals of our community.

In addition, we can make sure our law enforcement and judicial personnel appreciate and accept the well-established connection that violence to animals, regardless of their legal status, may escalate into violence toward humans. While violence to animals should not be condoned under any circumstances, violence to animals is often an indicator of potential future violence to humans. The perpetrator in this instant case is 19. Without stiff penalties and sound judicial findings, he has a long life ahead of him to continue his alleged violent, inhumane behavior.

When you think about, make sure you do something about it.

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