Pass Dexter's Law (SB 618) and Create a FL State Animal Abuse Registry
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Pass Dexter's Law (SB 618) and Create a FL State Animal Abuse Registry

    1. Lindsay Keegan
    2. Petition by

      Lindsay Keegan

      Cincinnati, OH

Florida Senator Mike Fasano is trying to get support for SB 618, Dexter's Law. Dexter is a kitten who was beaten to death and survived the beating. 

From the Hernando Today:

Last summer, Dexter the kitten became a celebrity after initially surviving the vicious beating.

According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, 24-year-old Wilana Joenel Frazier was charged with animal cruelty and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after witnesses told deputies they saw her repeatedly strike two kittens with an aluminum bat at a Brooksville park while making comments about shooting people and killing.

Frazier, along with two small children, also kicked the kittens repeatedly. One boy threw one of the kittens against a tree and attempted to cut the other kitten's neck with a stick, the report showed.

Once a black kitten appeared to have died, the body was thrown in a trash receptacle while one of the children poured water over it.

Other children at the park were able to grab the remaining kitten and it later was taken in by Hernando County Animal Services before being given to PetLuv, where it was named Dexter. More than 3,000 Facebook fans cheered for the little guy's recovery.

Two months later, the kitten's condition worsened and he had to be euthanized.

If this bill passes, it will make it more difficult for previous animal abusers to own pets by having them register to a state animal abuser registry. If the person does not register or keep their registration updated, it can result in further misdemeanor charges.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. 10 More Days to Gain House Support for Dexter's Law

      Lindsay Keegan
      Petition Organizer

      We have ten more days to gain house support for this bill. Please send a direct email to your State House Representative if you live in Florida. You can find them using the link below. 755 signatures! You guys are great! Please keep sharing this with your friends and any rescue groups you are involved with.

    3. Passage of Dexters Law & Domestic Violence Against Animals Bills in Doubt

      Lindsay Keegan
      Petition Organizer

      With just days remaining for action in the 2012 session, time is running out for a pair of animal protection bills introduced to the Florida State Legislature by Sen. Mark Fasano. The bills lack House support.

      Despite widespread publicity and national support, SB 618, the “Dexter’s Law” Animal Abuser Registry bill, and SB 288, the “Horatio’s Law” Domestic Violence Against Family Pets bill, both of which passed out of their Senate committees, have failed so far to find support in the House.

      Supporters tried unsuccessfully to link the bills, in hopes of streamlining passage, and as of last Friday had still not found a sponsor to champion them in the House. Effectively speaking, supporters have until the end of next week to find support in the House for the bills to have a chance at passage this session. If House support is not found they will die in Committee or on the calendar.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Halfway there!

      Lindsay Keegan
      Petition Organizer

      Over 500 signatures in 24 hours! Thank you guys for sharing! I'm checking the news and haven't seen any updated stories. Let's keep this going!

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Over 200 signatures!

      Lindsay Keegan
      Petition Organizer

      You guys are amazing! In less than a day we've collected over 200 signatures! Thank you for your support--please keep sharing and hopefully we will reach a victory for Dexter!

    8. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • c bakke DULUTH, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      state by state we have to be able to hold animal abuses accountable for their inhumane actions. we need to be the voice for these animals

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    • Diane Witt WEWAHITCHKA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I see so many reports on FB of cruelty and abuse to helpless animals. Like the one here of neglect on Greyhounds, and in MI abuse on Greyhounds where he beat them to death.

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    • Becky Rollins NASHVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Crimes against anyone, human or animal, should be considered in the same light.

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    • michael martinek CARBONDALE, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      against animal abuse

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    • Claudia Langecker PRATTVILLE, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      What happened to the kids who did this huh???

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