Thank State of Illinois for Preventing the Criminalization of Canines

  • by: Care2
  • target: Jerry Mitchell, Representative; William Haine, Senator
An innovative law that took effect January 1, 2007 will prevent dogs from being used as weapons.

Gang members, who are often legally prohibited from owning armed weapons, frequently use dogs as weapons to intimidate community members. This novel law was developed as a solution to protect the public from dangerous dogs, while also keeping the best interests of dogs at heart.

Public Act 94-0818 will make it a misdemeanor for a person convicted of a felony to own, possess, have custody of, or reside with an un-neutered dog older than 12 weeks of age, or any dog deemed "vicious" under the Illinois Animal Control Act.

"Dogs are wonderful companions and great protectors in many situations," stated State Representative Jerry Mitchell. "They were never meant to be used as a weapon to protect or defend illegal activities."

Please join the ASPCA in thanking Rep. Jerry Mitchell and Sen. William Haine for sponsoring this extremely important public and animal safety bill.

Dear Representative/Senator,

I applaud you for sponsoring Public Act 94-0818, an extremely important public and animal safety bill.

[your comment here]

Dogs are wonderful companions and great protectors in many situations, but they were never meant to be used as a weapon to protect or defend illegal activities.

This innovative act was designed to make our communities safer, and is a major step forward in correctly administering and regulating ‘dangerous dog’ laws. I commend you for this act of public service.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your address]
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