It might be unbelievable to hear but, all across America people will just abandon their pets, usually dogs, when a natural disaster hits. They would just leave them tied up outside or locked in a cage or simply just let them run around freely, scared and alone. This has happened too many times and now it will become illegal to do such a cruel thing and those who do will be severely punished, as they should be.
Senate Bill 1738 would aim to stop people from leaving a dog tied up and unattended outdoors during both man-made and natural disasters. Florida lawmaker Joe Gruters is the one who filed the bill that would authorize vets to report suspected violations without notifying the owner beforehand.
Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising.
— Marcus DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) September 16, 2018
In regards to punishing those guilty of abandoning their dogs, the bill states that those who abandon animals by tying them up ‘commit animal cruelty’, and as such, they would be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and a first-degree animal cruelty charge which is punishable by up to a year in prison. The proposal passed through the Senate Agriculture Committee with five favorable votes and no opposition.