Two lawmakers want to change Kentucky law to require the owner in animal cruelty cases to pay for the care of their pets during their legal proceedings instead of sticking the bill to the agency that houses them.
Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson, D-Lexington, and Rep. Kim Banta, R-Fort Mitchell, have joined forces to sponsor this bill, which they hope the state legislature will pass in its annual legislative session l ‘next year.
Banta said city agencies can end up with tens of thousands of dollars when they seize pets that have been abused or neglected, especially when someone was hoarding dozens of animals.
“The bill really tries to protect taxpayers from these huge, huge bills for animal care,” she told the Courier Journal.
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This would allow an agency that seizes animals in an animal cruelty case to ask the court to require the owner accused of cruelty or negligence to fund the costs of keeping his pets during the pending criminal proceedings.
If an owner relinquishes ownership of their pets, they wouldn’t have to pay – and that would allow the agency to let the animals be adopted or adopted.
Banta said the bill is not only about protecting animals, but also about lowering taxes and forcing pet owners to pay their fair share.
Stevenson originally proposed this bill, and Banta has indicated that she signed it because it is a good idea and because making it a bipartisan proposal increases its chances of being passed.
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She and Stevenson both sponsored this bill in the 2021 legislative session, but it came to naught.
The bill is gaining momentum now, however. He recently authorized an interim legislative committee, and Banta hopes he will move forward when the 2022 session begins in January.
Morgan Watkins is the Courier Journal’s senior political reporter. Contact her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @ morganwatkins26.