April 20, 2007

Utah's Animal Cruelty Laws

Or lack thereof.

This email was written by Amy Roberts.

As most of you know, there is a revolving dog door at my house. I often have a foster dog, who for whatever reason, is unable to be at the shelter.

I don’t send out a mass emails about the foster dogs I have, but then again, I’ve never come across a dog as broken Cado. His story needs to be told.

Cado’s former owner made it his goal to starve Cado to death… and he nearly succeeded. Cado’s ears and nose are scabbed over, because his body started to shut down due to malnutrition. When that happens, the body stops protecting anything that is not vital to survival. I had to buy him a cat collar because his neck is too skinny for a dog collar to stay on. You can see in the attached photos (especially the ‘aerial’ view) that his bones protrude from his body. He is a skeleton with fur. Cado is a Catahoula Leopard Dog. His breed should weigh about 60 pounds. He weighs 23.

To make matters worse, Cado’s former owner decided that withholding food wasn’t enough torture, and Cado endured severe abuse. I won’t go into details, but suffice it to say, this is a dog who has had a very rough life.

Disgusted yet? It gets worse. Cado’s former owner will not be punished for his cruelty. Utah’s animal cruelty laws are woefully inadequate. In fact, in Utah, intentional animal cruelty is just a misdemeanor, a mere slap on the wrist — if the offender is even prosecuted. They’re usually not, because most animal shelters lack the resources to pursue prosecution.

Please do your part to increase the penalty for intentional animal cruelty in the state of Utah to the status of a felony. The below link will take you to a petition site, where you can add your name to the list of supporters. If you don’t live in Utah, feel free to add your name and use my address. Hey, it’s Utah. The governor expects to see 18 women and one man sharing an address.


Thanks for your support.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
Mahatma Gandhi