Target: Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus
Goal: Applaud creation of animal abuse registry to protect animals from potential abuse.
“Rocky’s Law” was recently signed by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. The bill aggressively protects animals, and will create a registry that is designed to prevent any convicted abusers from owning animals. Neuhaus describes the law as one of the toughest in the country, and hopes it will inspire other counties to adopt similar laws.
The bill is named after a Staffordshire terrier that was forced to be euthanized after it was left outside in freezing temperatures and snow for five weeks while its owner went on vacation. The bill was introduced by county lawmaker Mike Anagnostakis, who was sickened by many instances of animal abuse.
The law requires that anyone convicted of animal abuse in Orange County register with the sheriff’s office within five days of being convicted or released from incarceration. If they do not follow this protocol, they can be subject to a misdemeanor charge and face up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. The registry will include the names and photos of abusers, who will remain on the registry for fifteen years. If convicted a second time, they will stay on the registry for life.
The passage of this bill is the beginning of stricter control over animal abusers in this country. The success of this bill may encourage other counties to follow suit, which will provide more safety for animals across the nation. Please support this petition to commend the efforts to pass this bill.
Orange County Executive Neuhaus,
“Rocky’s Law” was introduced after a Staffordshire terrier died after spending five weeks outside in freezing temperatures and snow, while its owner was on vacation. There have been countless instances where animals were abused or died because of the actions of their owner, who faced little consequences. This law was designed to take a harsher stance on those who abuse, and attempt to prevent the cycle from continuing.
By signing this legislation, you have provided a safer environment for all animals in Orange County. This is one of the strictest animal rights laws in the nation, and hopefully will encourage other counties to follow the same path. I commend the passage of this bill, and encourage Orange Counties’ pursuit in granting animals the safest and happiest life possible.
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