03/11/19 -- HB 204 -- Provides due process in animal confiscation cases
HB 204, introduced by Representative Sonya Anderson (Republican - District 131) specifies certain due process rights must be recognized for those accused of animal cruelty or abuse. It shortens the time an animal can be held in custody during investigations, and provides that if a defendant is found not-guilty of abuse they are not responsible for the boarding costs of their animals during the investigation. It also provides penalties for those who would sterilize or euthanize an animal in custody during this investigatory period.
This is an excellent bill that is sorely needed. The status quo provides very little due process for those accused of animal abuse, and sadly there are many false accusations. This was an easy "yes" vote for me.