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senate Bill S. 513

Should Animals Freed From Fighting Rings be Available for Adoption Sooner?

Argument in favor

The cost of caring for animals seized in animal fighting cases is currently a barrier to investigating and prosecuting these crimes. Additionally, the length of time that animals need to be held in shelters is detrimental to their physical and mental health.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/05/2019
The only chance for true rehabilitation for many of these bait and fighting animals is to quickly get them into loving homes after they have spent some time being trained to be nonaggressive. Best Friends took in the Vicktory dogs from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring and had good success with them. I do feel it is important to normalize the situation for these animals as quickly as possible with the caveat that for the sake of the animal and future owner, they receive appropriate behavior modification training prior to release. I especially like the idea of offenders paying the bill for the animals Freeing up funds for federal prosecution and investigations and would like for them to never be allowed to own an animal again. This bipartisan bill applies to stolen bait animals not just the fighters. Get them out quickly and safely. For those of you saying this is a local issue your correct. This will reduce the costs of shelters which are paid for by your taxes. For those saying the federal government should not be involved, you’re wrong. Explain to me how these cases can be federally prosecuted (it is an interstate crime) if the Feds aren’t involved and don’t have the money to pursue these felons as all money is tied up in bordering these animals.
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Robert's Opinion
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05/05/2019
And the people involved in dog fighting must be charged as felons and jailed a minimum of 5 years in prison
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Glowurm's Opinion
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05/05/2019
Aren’t dog-fighting rings already banned EVERYWHERE? If they aren’t, they should be. They are man’s BEST FRIEND! How can we allow this? You have to be a really sick individual to accept this. Psychologists have said that children who abuse animals are more likely to become abusers and murderers. What does this say about anyone who participates and accepts this? To me, it says that they have a serious problem! I certainly wouldn’t want to be married to such a person! There are thousands of better things to focus on than this! Make this a crime with serious jail time and be sure they get a psych evaluation while you’re at it!
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Argument opposed

There’s already a federal fine of up to $250,000 for interstate animal fighting. The proceeds these fines can be used to defray the costs of caring for animals seized in animal fighting cases.

burrkitty's Opinion
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05/05/2019
Although I hate to say it, for the most part the animals should be put down. Dogs have long memories and hold trauma all their life. While it may seem like kindness to give them to people to love, most of the dogs don’t really recover if they were there for very long. Really unfortunate situation but you have to try and not be overly emotional about it. You can’t just think about gratifying your own sense of pity or guilt. It’s sad and we should definitely work to stop it from happening in the first place, but the fighting and bait dogs are badly maimed, not just physically but emotionally too. It’s kinder to put them down and work hard to ensure the practice ends so more dogs don’t suffer. We won’t run out of dogs anymore than we will run out of the human capacity for greed and cruelty. Put the people in jail for 15 or 20 years and put the animals down.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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05/05/2019
I’m all for adopting out those poor animals, BUT the mental & physical health of these animals needs to be evaluated & possible recuperation of the animals is very important. The fines that should & must be charged to those involved in this horrible crime can take care of these animals.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/05/2019
These Animals Have Been Trained To Be Attack Animals & Dangerous. There’s already a federal fine of up to $250,000 for interstate animal fighting. The proceeds these fines can be used to defray the costs of caring for animals seized in animal fighting cases. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻NO👎🏻👎🏻. 5*5*19.....
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019
    The only chance for true rehabilitation for many of these bait and fighting animals is to quickly get them into loving homes after they have spent some time being trained to be nonaggressive. Best Friends took in the Vicktory dogs from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring and had good success with them. I do feel it is important to normalize the situation for these animals as quickly as possible with the caveat that for the sake of the animal and future owner, they receive appropriate behavior modification training prior to release. I especially like the idea of offenders paying the bill for the animals Freeing up funds for federal prosecution and investigations and would like for them to never be allowed to own an animal again. This bipartisan bill applies to stolen bait animals not just the fighters. Get them out quickly and safely. For those of you saying this is a local issue your correct. This will reduce the costs of shelters which are paid for by your taxes. For those saying the federal government should not be involved, you’re wrong. Explain to me how these cases can be federally prosecuted (it is an interstate crime) if the Feds aren’t involved and don’t have the money to pursue these felons as all money is tied up in bordering these animals.
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    Although I hate to say it, for the most part the animals should be put down. Dogs have long memories and hold trauma all their life. While it may seem like kindness to give them to people to love, most of the dogs don’t really recover if they were there for very long. Really unfortunate situation but you have to try and not be overly emotional about it. You can’t just think about gratifying your own sense of pity or guilt. It’s sad and we should definitely work to stop it from happening in the first place, but the fighting and bait dogs are badly maimed, not just physically but emotionally too. It’s kinder to put them down and work hard to ensure the practice ends so more dogs don’t suffer. We won’t run out of dogs anymore than we will run out of the human capacity for greed and cruelty. Put the people in jail for 15 or 20 years and put the animals down.
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    And the people involved in dog fighting must be charged as felons and jailed a minimum of 5 years in prison
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    Aren’t dog-fighting rings already banned EVERYWHERE? If they aren’t, they should be. They are man’s BEST FRIEND! How can we allow this? You have to be a really sick individual to accept this. Psychologists have said that children who abuse animals are more likely to become abusers and murderers. What does this say about anyone who participates and accepts this? To me, it says that they have a serious problem! I certainly wouldn’t want to be married to such a person! There are thousands of better things to focus on than this! Make this a crime with serious jail time and be sure they get a psych evaluation while you’re at it!
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    I’m all for adopting out those poor animals, BUT the mental & physical health of these animals needs to be evaluated & possible recuperation of the animals is very important. The fines that should & must be charged to those involved in this horrible crime can take care of these animals.
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    Abusing innocent animals by forcing them into 'fighting rings' should be firmly outlawed. Period. Full stop. The end. Amen.
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    As long as they are healthy and are deemed non aggressive. If they are timid or aggressive then I think they should get more time to be treated before being put up for adoption. I do not think they should be put down. They were brutalized enough.
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    These Animals Have Been Trained To Be Attack Animals & Dangerous. There’s already a federal fine of up to $250,000 for interstate animal fighting. The proceeds these fines can be used to defray the costs of caring for animals seized in animal fighting cases. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻NO👎🏻👎🏻. 5*5*19.....
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    They need to be evaluated and determined whether or not they can be adopted. What I hope happens is the people found responsible a imprisoned forever.
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    This sounds like a great idea for the “fighter”, but maybe not so great for the adopter. How many times have we heard how sweet and gentle a pit bull acts until little baby Johnny has been mauled or grandma was savaged in her garden?
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    FREE THE ANIMALS FROM ABUSIVE DETENTION !
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    Adoption sooner? I rather have the evaluators evaluate the families or whoever who want to adopt to see whether their backgrounds are free from animal cruelty, domestic violence, etc.
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    Mrs. Harris as useless as usual comes up with a bill that is a waste for tax payers money. There already is in place laws for this situation at the local levels. This is a State and a local government issue. As s true Democrat she is pandering for voters. These poor animals need years of help. If they can be helped at all. Most unfortunate fact is they are put down.
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    It is true, that animals held in facilities, no matter how good/nice of a facility it is, become "institutionalised"....We adopted a cat three years ago and it took several months for him to transition to home life.....Baxter is one happy little boy now but, it took a lot of love and understanding on our part to make it so.
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    ABSOLUTELY.
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    Any humanitarian or caring person would do this without a law saying so. But the inept Congress continues wasting time and ducking the real issues of the American people.
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    Are you kidding me? Is this the priority for congress? Do we really need to have the federal government involved in this? What a joke. The federal government is bankrupting the nation but clowns like Harris are focusing on things that the federal government shouldn’t even be involved with.
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    Just the kind of business the Senate needs to be focusing on. Another dog bill...... people are starving, homeless and without healthcare and we get this kinda thing. I’m not paying them for this.
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    We need to take into account the safety of people who adopt animals before we considering accelerating the process for adoption. Animals that have been involved in fighting will likely need serious rehabilitative services and some may never again be suitable as a pet. Animal abusers need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but the process for adoption should not be streamlined.
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    Again money is already available from the fines. The people that cause the problems should pay for the problems. Innocent tax payers pay for everything no one else wants to pay for. Diverting funds from supporting illegals, sending money to people that hate us and god knows what else COULD be used for these animals but that is still tax payer money being spent where it shouldn’t be. Much like the slush fund used to pay off government indiscretions. WE pay for everything. Time for personal responsibility.
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