Praise Animal Cruelty Ordinance in Indiana


Target: Maleah Stringer, executive director of the Animal Protection League

Goal: Thank Madison County, Indiana for strengthening its animal cruelty laws

Madison County, Indiana commissioners have passed an ordinance that will allow Madison County Sheriff’s Department officers to issue fines and citations whenever the encounter animal cruelty, including abuse, neglect, and abandonment. This is a significant improvement from their current animal cruelty laws and deserves our gratitude.

This is the first time that Madison County’s animal cruelty ordinances have been updated since the 1970’s. The Animal Protection League (APL), an animal welfare organization in Indiana, sponsored the bill after incidents involving two small dogs who had gone without food for so long they would not eat and a farm where hundreds of animals were found dead. No penalties were issued in either of these cases. Maleah Stringer, executive director of APL, made a statement saying, “I wonder how many people looked at these two starving, pitiful dogs and turned their heads? Well, we are not turning our heads. We, with the help of Devonshire Veterinary Clinic, are going to try and save them.”

The new ordinance will have a significant impact on the number of animal cruelty cases, penalties, and repeat offenses. The failure with many animal cruelty laws across the country is that there are no immediate penalties. Most cases end up in circuit court where the guilty party is set free or given a slap on the wrist because of weak enforcement procedures. To make matters worse, as Maleah points out, when nobody has the authority to take immediate action, more people choose to look away. Giving these officers that authority and ensuring the guilty are held accountable will go a long way toward saving lives and eliminating animal cruelty.

Please sign the petition below to thank Malea Stringer, APL, and all of Madison County for doing what is necessary to keep its animal safe.


Dear Maleah Stringer,

The Animal Protection League recently sponsored an ordinance that will give officers in Madison County the authority to issue fines and citations when they encounter acts of animal cruelty, abuse, or neglect. This is the first time Madison County’s animal cruelty laws have been updated since the 1970’s and will go a long way toward giving animals in Madison County the protection they deserve.

Giving these officers the authority to impose penalties immediately will not only ensure the guilty are held accountable and reduce the number of cases, it will also empower the community. Fewer people will look away when they know they can do something to stop it. Thank you for your effort to keep the animals of Madison County, Indiana safe.


[Your Name Here]

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