Target: Richard “Bud” Armstrong, Knox County Law Director
Goal: Support more stringent animal cruelty ordinance to ensure the safety of county residents’ pets.
Recently, a Knoxville resident made a push to pass an animal welfare ordinance that would more explicitly define animal cruelty regulations in the county of Knox. The current Tennessee state laws on animal cruelty are very vague and allow room for pet owners to get away with animal cruelty. In the current laws, the definition of “adequate shelter” is not clearly defined, and pets may still get neglected and suffer temperature extremes at the hands of their owners.
Brooks Brown, the man responsible for establishing the proposed ordinance, first started taking action on this issue when he observed a neighbor’s pet dog left outside in freezing temperatures. Since then, Brown started an online petition calling for a more explicit definition of “adequate shelter” for pets and a penalty and/or removal of the pet from the owner’s property should the owner be found guilty of pet mistreatment.
Please sign the petition below to urge the County Law Director of Knoxville, Tennessee, to pass the animal cruelty ordinance to ensure that canine and feline pets are being protected by the law. The current animal cruelty laws of the state are not defined well enough to protect pets from suffering in inadequate shelter conditions.
Dear Richard Armstrong,
The current Tennessee state laws regarding acts of animal cruelty are a bit vague and leave much leniency for perpetrators of animal cruelty. Pet owners are able to get away with atrocities such as leaving their dogs out in freezing temperatures during the winter and in the scorching hot during the warmer periods of the year. Brooks Brown, a resident of Knoxville, recognized the need for a revision to the laws in the County after observing his neighbor’s dog left alone outside to endure the freezing cold. Calling for a more explicitly stated definition for “adequate shelter” for pets may help reduce the struggles that pets may experience, and hold pet owners more accountable for the welfare of their pets.
Please read through and pass the animal welfare ordinance that Brooks Brown initiated, to ensure that animals are protected by the law. The current animal cruelty laws defining “adequate shelter” is too vague and does not actually result in much in terms of protecting pet animals from extreme temperatures. The animals that are suffering need your help.
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