Local lawmaker seeks to protect welfare of animals with proposed legislation - Ahwatukee Foothills News: News

Local lawmaker seeks to protect welfare of animals with proposed legislation

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 8:40 am

Animal abusers would lose the right for anyone in their household to have a pet for at least two years under the terms of legislation approved Thursday by the state House.

The legislation by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, is based on the fact that nothing in current law precludes someone convicted of animal cruelty can immediately obtain a new pet.

HB 2073, approved on a 44-12 vote, would require anyone convicted to transfer all animals to someone else not living in the same house or an animal welfare or rescue organization.

His legislation would allow an individual to ask a court for permission to once again own an animal. But that would require a “showing of good cause’’ and could not happen for at least two years following the conviction.

To pick up necessary votes, Kavanagh agreed to add language that says an abuse conviction does not preclude someone from engaging in ranching or commercial horse training.

But that was still not enough to satisfy all the foes.

“I am not supportive of animal abuse in any form,’’ said Rep. Lisa Otondo, D-Yuma. But Otondo said she could not vote for the measure “as a sheep herder’s daughter, farmer and representative from rural Arizona.

Kavanagh acknowledged that his legislation, which now goes to the Senate, would mean that the conviction of anyone in a house of abuse means no one could have a pet. But he said that is necessary to protect the welfare of the animal.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Tukee Bowl tear down

The first Tukee Bowl happened in 1997 and ended with visiting Mountain Pointe student body rus...

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Tukee Bowl tear down

The first Tukee Bowl happened in 1997 and ended with visiting Mountain Pointe student body rus...

Desert Vista Thunder Football Preview 2014

The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of co...

MP talent contest - WRs

Isaiah Banks and company flips out to win it all

Online poll

Loading…