Ap­plause for law­mak­ers who helped an­i­mal bill pass

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I would like to pub­licly thank the fol­low­ing South­ern Mary­land leg­is­la­tors for help­ing to pass House Bill 1113 which will pre­vent the sale, trade, auc­tion, barter or of­fer of dogs and cats on pub­lic road­ways, park­ing lots, county fairs, flea mar­kets or any other pub­lic right of way: Mary­land Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Charles, Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s), Sen. Steve Waugh (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s), Del. Michael Jack­son (D-Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s), Del. An­thony O’Don­nell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s), Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles), Del. Sally Jame­son (D-Charles), Del. Susie Proctor (D-Prince Ge­orge’s), Del. C.T. Wil­son (D-Charles), and Del. Matt Mor­gan (R-St. Mary’s). Th­ese leg­is­la­tors un­der­stand the con­nec­tion be­tween un­eth­i­cal breed­ing and the eu­thana­sia of thou­sands of in­no­cent an­i­mals.

I am dis­ap­pointed that Del. Mark Fisher (R) of Calvert County and Del. Deb­o­rah Rey (R) of St. Mary’s County did not sup­port this very im­por­tant bill.

There are too many dogs and cats dy­ing in our Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter at tax­payer ex­pense. The sup­ply of un­wanted an­i­mals needs to be re­duced. This bill will pre­vent un­scrupu­lous sellers from earn­ing money by sell­ing com­pan­ion an­i­mals in pub­lic places. If signed by Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R), this bill will be­come law on June 1, 2016. If you wit­ness dogs and cats be­ing sold in any of the above men­tioned lo­ca­tions af­ter June 1, please con­tact your lo­cal an­i­mal con­trol de­part­ment.

Lynne Gil­lis, Hunt­ing­town

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