Edwin Martinez was arrested January 1st, after leaving his dog outside overnight in his Winthrop Harbor home, in what police found to be an improper shed with no food or water.
Even though, Martinez thought he wasn’t doing anything wrong, he was charged with animal cruelty as a misdemeanor. But a second time would be considered a felony.
Laws are constantly being passed to help protect Human Rights, but what about dog’s right? These animals need to be protected as well, since a lot of animal cruelty is threatening their lives.
On January 1st, 2016, a new law took effect in order to punish those that commit animal cruelty. The law, amended, named and walloped into being, the Humane Care for Animal Act states:
“No owner of a dog or cat may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions”.
The new law furthers, ”No person or owner may beat, cruelly treat, torment, starve, overwork or otherwise abuse any animal. No owner may abandon any animal where it may become a public charge or may suffer injury, hunger or exposure.
“The law needed a clarification because some communities would not charge a person with a crime if there was a shelter structure there, whether it was sufficient or not,” McBride said.
The dog was taken into custody by the Lake County Animal Care and Control but ,three days later, he was returned to his owner with proper instructions on how to care for the animal in order to avoid further damage.
It’s great to see laws changing in favor of the voiceless. The next time you think oof leaving your dog outside, make sure to provide him all his needs. But why would you want to put a dog outside? They are the best effing creatures on the planet!
Source: Chicago Tribune
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