S.942, An Act protecting abandoned animals in vacant properties
Sponsor: Senator Eldridge
Status: Reported favorably from Municipalities and Regional Government Committee on July 23, 2013 with an amendment changing the number of days from 5 to 3; referred to Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules.
What is the problem with abandoned animals?
While animal abandonment is a felony (Ch. 272 sec. 77), animals who are abandoned in vacant properties due to foreclosure, eviction or other termination of tenancy, can suffer and die if not found. They are left without any means to fend for themselves. Additionally, property owners, animal control officers and others can be unclear about what they can do to with an animal who has been left behind.
What would the bill do?
The bill would reduce animal suffering and death and clarify responsibilities of relevant parties. It would:
Unfortunately, there are many cases that demonstrate the need for better laws. For example: