There laws affecting dogs and people are being debated. Two seem tail-wagging good. The third one belongs in the dog house.
Good for dogs in Oregon
Two state senators introduce a bill to give a tax credit to people adopting a dog or other pet from a shelter. Senate Bill 326 would help encourage people to give dogs and cats a home by giving the humans a tax credit up to $100. Oregon would be the first state in the country to offer this.
The U.S. Humane Society and the Humane Society of Oregon endorsed the proposal as a way to help move animals through shelters more quickly.
Good for dogs and veterans
The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act would match service dogs and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. If this passes, it directs the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to start a 5-year pilot program to provide wounded warriors with a service dog. This seems to be an obvious thing to try. Service dogs have proven their value helping humans with physical and mental wounds. But, a similar bill was introduced in 2015 and 2016. It wasn’t passed. Hopefully the third time is a charm.
Bad for dogs in Georgia
If Georgia House Bill 313 passes, rescues and shelters would have tell people how often certain breeds of dogs have bitten people and the cost of potential lawsuits.
The bill would require a shelter or a private owner to provide the following to the new pet parent who adopts or buys a dog.
- Statistics about injuries to humans caused by the dog breed, i.e. the number of dog bites
- Information about the number of humans bitten by dogs in the United States during the previous year
- Medical costs related to injuries caused by dogs in the United States
- The total amount of damages awarded to victims of dog bites or dog attacks in the United States
This applies to any transfer of ownership – it could be an adoption, a sale or even a gift – even when the particular dog has never bitten anyone. This would apply to these breeds:
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- American Bully
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherd
- Chow Chow
- Great Dane
- Wolf Hybrid
(Read more from The Dogington Post.)
The bill is named “Logan’s Law” after a boy who was attacked and killed by a pit bull on his way to a bus stop. A tragedy for sure.
Opponents say the law is not likely to prevent attacks like the one on Logan. But they feel the law is very likely to discourage people from adopting these breeds. It puts extra work on shelters and rescues, which are already short on resources. The Georgia lawmaker’s intentions are good, but the outcome may not be.
Related: Dog welfare in the U.S.
Here’s a peek at laws across the U.S. related to animal welfare. The Best And Worst States For Animal Protection Laws In 2016 is from DogTime. Illinois is ranked best and Kentucky ranked worst. North Carolina comes in at #35.
The complete report is from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
A ScooperDude salute to all the humans who treats dogs right.