HB 195, dealing with animals in domestic violence cases, and HB 235, dealing with animal forfeiture, have been filed in the Kentucky General Assembly. These bills, if passed, will help animals. HB 235 will actually save money for counties and municipalities by taking away abusive, neglectful owners’ rights so animals can be adopted and not linger in shelters for exorbitant amounts of time at taxpayers’ expense. HB 195 will simply give judges authority to make determinations on pet ownership in domestic violence situations.
Please call the legislative hotline at 1-800-372-7181 and ask to leave a message for Rep. John Tilley, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, to call up these bills for vote. These bills must pass through committee before heading to the House and then Senate floors for passage.
Fairly or not, Ky has been ranked last in the nation for the 6th year in a row by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) for animal laws. Getting these bills passed would go a long way in further improving views on animal welfare in the state.