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Letter: New animal cruelty law would protect abuse

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:27 am | Updated: 11:29 am, Thu Apr 12, 2012.

It is urgent — we have only a few days — for all of us to call Gov. Jan Brewer and implore her to reject House Bill 2780. Her telephone number is (602) 542-4331.

Regarding dogs involved in herding livestock, this terrible bill attempts to strip away from cities and counties much of the authority they have now to adopt or enforce cruelty laws.

According to HB 2780, such a dog could be punished or abused, and local laws could not be applied to help the dog if the act was supposedly “necessary” for the safety of livestock. This is only one instance of the exemptions from local cruelty laws the bill provides for abusers.

It is ranchers who are lobbying for the passage of this dreadful bill.

We must all call the governor immediately, to help defenseless dogs.

Jane Schwerin

President, People for Animals in the Prevention of Cruelty and Neglect, Inc., Tucson

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