Maryland taxpayers and shelters should not have to pay for the costs of caring for animals seized in cruelty cases!

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This bill establishes the following legal process: A person whose animals are lawfully seized in a cruelty case may be required to post a bond to cover the costs of caring for those animals, while the case is being adjudicated. The owner has the right to challenge the legality of the seizure and the amount of the bond requested. If the owner does not want to post the bond, the owner may allow the animals to be placed up for adoption.

38 states already have costs of care laws, including: Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia. SB 760/HB 1080 will provide relief for financially strapped animal control agencies and shelters, as well as Maryland taxpayers, who should not be financially responsible for the animals seized in a cruelty case. Moreover, it will allow the animals who have been determined by their owner to be too much of a financial burden, to be adopted into loving homes – instead of waiting months or years – for the case to be decided.

How often do we get to pass legislation that is both compassionate and fiscally responsible? This bill is both. By establishing a uniform system, all parties, including the accused, the animals, and the animal control agencies are protected.

Please contact your legislators and tell them that you SUPPORT SB 760/HB 1080!

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With compassion,

Maryland Votes for Animals, Inc.