February 9, 2021
House Bill 57 is gaining support in Kentucky to increase the penalty for a form of animal neglect.
Lawmakers in Kentucky are advocating for increased penalties for individuals found guilty of confining cats or dogs and allowing them to suffer from lack of “food, water, adequate shelter, or life-saving medical care.” According to House Bill 57, this form of animal neglect will be deemed “torture,” and convicted individuals will face a Class D felony charge. Currently, first-time offenders may face a Class A misdemeanor charge for torturous acts towards animals. The passage of HB 57 will change that.
At the end of September 2020, Representative Chris Freeland prefiled the bill in the wake of Vee’s heartbreaking story. Last month, another emaciated dog, named Ethan, was left outside of the Kentucky Humane Society suffering from urine burns, dehydration, and starvation. Thankfully, he is recovering, but the extreme suffering both of these dogs endured is a grave reminder that something needs to change.
Kentucky residents YOU can help make a difference for these neglected animals by contacting your legislator before they adjourn on March 30, 2021.