If you are an animal lover and/or pet owner in Wisconsin, I encourage you to reach out to your state legislators and encourage them to support Senate Bill 319. Introduced earlier this week by senators Carpenter, Risser, L. Taylor, Harris and Lehman, Senate Bill 319 is designed to make significant changes to “the laws related to animals that are taken into custody on behalf of a city, village, town, or county (political subdivision).
Co-sponsored by house representatives Ohnstad, Riemer and Zepnick, Bill 319 includes a provision that people who claim a pet that has been seized by a political subdivision to make arrangements to have the animal micro-chipped in addition to being properly licensed and vaccinated before the animal will be released from custody.
Senate Bill 319 includes favorable changes to the way pets that are often referred to as, “Court Case Dogs,” are handled as well. Current law dictates that animals seized because it is believed they were involved in criminal activity such as fighting be held until the charges pending against their owners are resolved which can take months or even years. Bill 319 would eliminate this provision and allow animals to be released from custody before their owners’ legal issues are decided.
Current law also requires that animals whose owners are convicted of fighting them be euthanized if they are over one year-old and are thought to have participated in fights. If passed and signed into law, Bill 319 will eliminate this requirement and thereby give animals who’ve been forced to literally fight for their lives by their owners the chance to be rehabilitated and rehomed.
If you are interested in reading all of the promising, proposed changes that are included in Senate Bill 319, click here. If you would like to contact your area’s state senator and encourage him or her to support Bill 319, please click here. To contact your state congressional representative, click here.