April is Animal Abuse/Cruelty Awareness month and our beloved Patrick (will be on TV this weekend) has become the Poster Puppy for why making animal abuse, cruelty and neglect a felony is important. Our nation/states need to pass laws asap for animal abuse to become a Felony in ALL 50 states, that includes neglect and cruelty. There needs to be 50 Patrick’s Laws in all 50 states. And there are National Movement pages for various states on facebook gathering to ensure that happening. The Patrick Movement for California. The Patrick Movement for New Jersey. There is also a National Movement page. If there is not one for your state, create one, northern Nevada, for instance. Come on, Reno and Carson City folks. And where are the northern Californians and folks in the Monterey Bay area who love animals???
Look at Susie’s Law,
Now if only judges and juries would make the charges stick and not make deals to let these offenders go out and harm other animals and humans. Enough is Enough.
In my humble opinion, people are lazy. And backward thinking. Some say it’s only an animal who cares. They’re not human. They don’t have feelings and some such nonsense.
Guess what, animal abusers hurt people too. There is a well documented correlation between violent people and serial killers who often have a history of violence against animals.
Some much prefer blaming animals and making animals the culprit for crimes. They take out their frustrations, angst, anger and fear onto animals. They blame breeds and seek to ban certain breeds because THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE. There is an obvious link between so-called dangerous dogs and abuse and being left on a chain 24/7. These are THE FACTS. There is NO EXCUSE whatsoever for treating an animal badly, for abusing an animal, for neglecting an animal, for abandoning an animal. NONE. Not the economy. Not the breed. Not the weather. Not your background. Not your having been abused as a child/adolescent/adult. Not the time of day. Not the animal’s fault. Blaming an animal for being abused is like blaming a child for being abused. IT IS ALWAYS 100% THE ABUSERS FAULT AND RESPONSIBILITY.
Below is info I have gathered about animal abuse. There was contradictory info about California’s laws. If what is here is incorrect, please inform me. Apparently, there is no federal law and cannot be one due to the Constitution.
In plain language, animal abuse, cruelty and neglect includes obvious acts of cruelty such as killing, maiming, torturing, throwing a dog out a car or home window, dog fighting, animal bestiality and kicking an animal, but also abandoning an animal (leaving a dog like Patrick tied up to a railing while you go out of town for a week or more), neglecting an animal (chaining up a dog outside 24/7, leaving an animal without sufficient food and water and shelter), throwing a dog or cat down a garbage chute in a plastic bag, putting a dog in a car for hours, while you go shopping in the heat of summer or cold of winter and more.
Dogs Deserve Better is an organization dedicated to getting dogs off of chains and abandoned to back yards and being outside 24/7… Support their efforts to get an animal rehab center and turn the once Bad Newz place into Good News.
Now, more about Patrick and his abuser. If you read/heard Kisha Curtis’ not guilty plea and her mother, for some reason, ignorance, no doubt, they either think we are stupid or they actually believe that leaving a puppy tied up to a railing and going out of town for no matter how long is ok. NOT A SOLUTION.
here is the video:
Imagine leaving an infant baby tied up to a railing, people. An innocent animal cannot take care of itself. Cannot feed itself being tied up to a railing. Cannot walk itself to go potty. Boggles the mind that anyone could do this, think it was acceptable and what about all of the neighbors who passed Patrick by without doing anything to help him.
This should be obvious but apparently needs to be said:
If you cannot for some reason take care of your animal (please don’t throw your pet away, or because of lack of convenience), learn how to take care of your pet at your local shelter, rescue or SPCA/humane society. If you truly cannot take care of the pet that you took into your home, then l. find another suitable home for it, with responsible people who can take care of it and want to have it become a part of their family. 2. take the pet to a no-kill shelter or rescue in your area 3. last resort, take the pet to your local shelter, where it will either be adopted or euthanized. But it won’t be starved or mutilated or sold.
In Nevada this crucial law needs to pass…
Is There Any Evidence of a Connection Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence?
Absolutely. Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 35+ years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when bureau analysis of the life histories of imprisoned serial killers suggested that most, as children, had killed or tortured animals. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse.
California law recognizes animal cruelty as a felony offense with a provision for mandatory counseling and prison time. Also, about 33 states and the District of Columbia now have laws that make certain types of animal cruelty a felony offense.
“The potential for felony, state imprisonment sentencing is too great to downplay the seriousness of animal cruelty charges simply because the case ‘only involves animals’”
WHAT IS ANIMAL CRUELTY?
California animal cruelty law is primarily described in California Penal Code Section 597. There are basically two types of animal cruelty: intentional cruelty and negligent cruelty.
Intentionally inflicted cruelty to animals is generally violent and deliberate animal abuse, for example:
- Conducting a dog or rooster fight
- Cruelly or inhumanely confining an animal
- Unnecessarily killing an animal
- Torturing, beating, poisoning or mutilating an animal
Negligent cruelty to animals is failing to provide adequate care, for example:
- Failing to treat a pet’s wounds or illness
- Failing to provide water or food
- Failing to providing sanitary living conditions
- Failing to provide adequate shelter
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS?
In California, animal cruelty can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Defendants can be fined up to $20,000 and/or sentenced to incarceration in state prison or in county jail for up to one year. A state prison (felony) sentence would be 16 months, 2 years or 3 years in custody depending on the severity of the case. Because cruelty to animals is considered a “non-violent crime,” defendants are entitled to good behavior, work time credit of 50 percent, i.e. they only need to serve one half of the sentence before release.
WHEN IS ANIMAL ABUSE CHARGED AS A FELONY?
The number of animals involved is often a determining factor in the prosecution’s decision to file animal abuse charges as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If only one animal is involved, a felony charge is less likely, unless the animal has been horrifically harmed. Rescue shelters, breeders and other facilities where many animals are kept run the greatest chances of more serious charges being filed.
WHY ARE ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES SO SERIOUS?
The sheer emotional power of the presentation of harm to animals in a trial cannot be minimized. Judges and juries can be expected to act emotionally to evidence of harm to animals, especially domestic animals like dogs or cats. California judges have not hesitated in sentencing defendants to state prison for the abuse of animals—these cases are taken very seriously.
The California State Senate passed Assembly Bill 2012, to increase the penalty for animal neglect, by a vote of 26 to 7. But then Gov. Arnold Schwartznegger vetoed it. Animal activists plan to present Gov. Jerry Brown the opportunity to pass a new bill.
More info here :
Authored by Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and co-sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the bill would make the laws for animal cruelty and animal neglect more consistent by providing a maximum sentence for up to one year in jail for animal neglect, as well as potential fines up to $20,000. Currently, cases of animal neglect and animal cruelty are treated differently. The fine is the same for both, but cases of animal neglect are only punishable by a maximum 6-month jail sentence…
The states that are cited as the best for legally protecting animals include Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon and California. These states have strict penalties for animal abusers as well as mandatory reporting of suspected animal cruelty by veterinarians. Courts in the five states can also order animal abusers to undergo counseling, and place restrictions on future ownership of animals by abusers.
It’s time this type of crime is made a felony in every state and for all abuse to innocent animals. If made a felony with fines of up to $50,000 and 10 years or more in prison, it will not stop, but it certainly will help deter animal abuse and dog fighting. Some think this is too harsh, but there is no reason to ever abuse an animal or a child and if you do you should and will pay the price for your disgusting actions! Kids who are caught doing this need to get help immediately!
Contact ALDF’s Animal Cruelty Actionline at (800) 555-6517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org about the cruelty case. They can contact the prosecutor, offer their assistance and urge vigorous prosecution.
The key to preventing cruelty is EDUCATION. Teach children from the earliest age that animals deserve humane treatment and respect. Empower children to feel safe when reporting cruel behavior. Become a volunteer or mentor at your local school … empathy can be taught.