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What have these 4 doggies in common? (Beside being part of #PitBullFlowerPower!). They were all held as live evidence in a case against their owner. If you’ve read my book, you know about this, but if not, here is the issue: in the U.S., animals who are seized in cases of cruelty (and other cases which involve animals), are place on “hold” and kept as live evidence while the case against their owner plays out. Legally, these animals still belong to their owner, until the case is over. An alternative is for the owner to surrender their animals, so they can move on with their lives. Sadly, often, the owners won’t want to surrender their animals (especially if they are making a case of being innocent, or if the animal has value to them). .
During the entire duration of the case, the animals remain in a state of limbo, unable to be adopted or released. They remain isolated, hidden in undisclosed locations, for months or years. They are not allowed contacts with other animals or the public. Not only is this unfair to these victims, and quite traumatic (many will develop mental health issues), this is also extremely costly for the DA’s office, that has to pay for the care of the animals during that time. This doesn’t cover just dogs and cats. Sometimes, a DA’s office has to care for hundreds of reptiles or birds, or a lion, seized in smuggling cases or drug busts. It’s nuts. It quickly amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is one of the reasons why animal cruelty cases are so hard to prosecute. It’s so costly to pursue them. And you have to make sure the animal stays alive and well. If you lose the animal, you lose the case. That’s why sentences are usually low, because most DAs try to plead the owners out, to at least get some kind of resolution, faster. .
. ✨✨✨✨ YOU CAN HELP! The @ASPCA has launched a petition in support of the HEART Act (Help Extract Animals from Red Tape). This Act will reduce unnecessary delays in the rehoming of victims of dogfighting rescued in federal cases. Sign it here: Aspca.org/FightingChance (link in my story)