SPCA speaks against Virginia House animal abuser bill
Humane organizations, including the Richmond SPCA, are expressing concern about Virginia House Bill 2482, introduced by Delegate Lee Ware, from Powhatan. It concerns animal abuse.
The SPCA’s Robin Starr says the bill:
Starr: Would absolutely eviscerate animal abuse prosecutions in the state of Virginia.
She outlined the parts that she finds especially disturbing.
Starr: A person or a puppy mill or other breeder charged with animal abuse would get to keep the animals throughout the prosecution; even more remarkably, were they convicted of animal abuse, they would still be able to keep those animals in order to sell them.
Bill 2482, she added, would take away the ability of a private humane society to help by providing care and adoption for animals seized in abuse cases.
Starr: Movers behind this are dog breeders and puppy mills and pet stores.
RichmondSPCA.org, Starr said, has details about the bill and contact information for legislators.
John Ogle, WCVE News