Friday, March 11, 2011

Vermont Mulls Animal Hoarding Bill

Vermont has introduced a bill that seeks to impose criminal penalties for animal hoarding.

As written, House Bill 371 defines an “animal hoarder” as any person who:

• Possesses five or more animals;
• Fails to provide adequate food, water, shelter, rest, sanitation, or necessary medical attention or transports an animal in overcrowded vehicles;
• Keeps the animals in a severely overcrowded environment; and
• Displays an inability to recognize or understand the nature of or has a reckless disregard for the conditions under which the animals are living and the deleterious impact they have on the animals’ health and well-being.

The state’s animal cruelty laws define animals as “all living sentient creatures, not human beings.” This could mean a wide array of animals, including cats, dogs, small animals, birds and reptiles..."


Anonymous said...

Great ideas. Too many pets in our communities. They are a nusinace and spread diseases.

Anonymous said...

Too many pets??? Maybe too many idiots - and not enough pets. Pets are what takes ugly children into useful human beings. Pets help abused children to regain their self-esteem and leave their abuse behind. Pets help elderly retain their self-composure and have quality of life when they are unable to do many things for themselves.

Too many pets??? NAH - too many selfish, egotistical, self-centered boobs - such as the idiot who thinks there are too many pets.