Maryland General Assembly – Sine Done!!!

2017 was a great session for Maryland’s animals! Thanks to your hard work and advocacy, here are the bills that passed:

Pets and First Responders– Gives First Responders civil immunity when they provide emergency medical care to animals in emergencies.

Cownose Rays Tournaments – Suspends these brutal contests while the Department of Natural Resources creates a species management plan.

Mandatory Veterinary Reporting– Requires veterinarians and shelter employees to report suspected animal abuse to law enforcement, similar to the child abuse reporting requirements.

Shelter Standards– This would strengthen the Shelter Standards Bill passed in 2016 by requiring county animal shelters and animal shelters who receive spay/neuter grants to follow minimum standards of care. Requires the Department of Agriculture to create regulations to enforce that requirement.

Commercial Dog Breeding Licensure – Lowers the threshold for commercial dog breeder state-required licensure from 15 intact female dogs to 6 breeding females.

Animal Abuse Compensation Fund – Establishes a fund to reimburse animal shelters for expensive costs of caring for animals seized in large-scale cruelty cases, like a puppy mill or animal fighting operation.

Prohibition of Non- Therapeutic Antibiotics – Restricts the use of antibiotics in farm animals unless they are deemed medically necessary.

Technical Fix to Animal Cruelty Law – Requires that deprivations listed as misdemeanors and acts of felony cruelty are listed as separate and distinct crimes.

Retail Pet Stores- Animal seller, Dog Cage Signs, and Records- Strengthens enforcement of last year’s Puppy Mill Law by requiring pet stores selling from USDA licensed breeders to post copies of their recent inspection reports. With the removal of these reports from the ASDA website, consumers will have access to information detailing if the breeders have Animal Welfare Act violations.  Pet stores that get dogs from rescues or shelters must post the names and addresses of the animal rescues/shelters on the dogs’ cages.

Thanks and kudos to our sponsors: Delegate Clarence Lam, Senator Susan C. Lee, Delegate Shane Robinson,  Senator Ron Young, Delegate Barbara Frush, Delegate Jim Gilchrist, Senator Brian Feldman, Delegate Aruna Miller, Senator Senator Rich Madaleno, Delegate Senator William C. Smith, Jr., Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, and Delegate Benjamin F. Kramer.

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.