Five New Laws Mean Progress for Maryland’s Animals

Maryland’s animals will be benefiting from five new laws that go in effect this Saturday, October 1st:

1. Possession of Dog Fighting Implements with intent to engage in dog fighting a will be a crime in Maryland.

2. Animal shelters will be required to follow a set of standards including written veterinary protocols and disclosure of their procedures regarding admission, disposition, and redemption of animals.

3. Animal Control facilities will be required to scan incoming stray animals for a microchip and make reasonable efforts to notify the owners if a chip is found.

4. Maryland will impose a partial ban on consumer use of neonicotinoids, pesticides which have been shown to be harmful to honeybees, with some exceptions.

5. Veterinarians will be allowed to dispense a non-sterile medication for a companion animal when a compounding pharmacy and/or medications are unavailable.

The law to clamp down on puppy mills went into effect June 1, 2016.

Thanks to all of our partners, legislators, and advocates who worked tirelessly last session for Maryland’s animals! We are building our humane agenda for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session. Join our compassionate community! Sign up for Maryland Votes For Animals Action Alerts – www.voteanimals.org. Like us on Facebook to get the latest information and updates.

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Lisa Radov

President and Chairman at Maryland Votes for Animals, Inc.
Lisa Radov has been passionate about helping animals since she was eight years old when she embarked on her first fundraising campaign to help stop the slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada.

Lisa has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing and Advertising from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. She was the Owner and Director of Marketing at Gebco Insurance Associates, Inc. from 1986- 2016 and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.

A lover of all animals, Lisa has rescued two dogs, four pet lab rats, six cats, two hamsters, and two guinea pigs.

A mother of four, Lisa has chaired fundraising campaigns and been an active board member of the Parents' Associations at her children's schools. She became politically active in animal issues when her youngest child started volunteering at the shelter where they adopted their two cats.

Lisa is dedicated to passing laws that will make Maryland a leader in the humane treatment of all animals - companion, farm, and wildlife.