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Petitioning Indiana State Senate, Indiana State House, John Ditslear, Hamilton County Animal Control

Change Indiana State Ordinance for domestic animals in extreme cold

Indiana's state laws for domestic animals in extreme weather are not sufficient. Certain counties have ordinances stating domestic animals must be brought inside if the outside temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Others do not. This needs to be a state-wide law punishable by law if not complied with. There also needs to be changes in laws regarding what is adequate shelter and housing for domestic animals outdoors. This law also needs to apply to breeders. Currently, in Arcadia, IN, there is a German Shepherd Dog breeder who has upwards of 20 or more dogs in kennels outside, with an Igloo dog house as a shelter. At this moment, the temperature in Indiana is -10 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill of -45 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Indiana state laws for breeders, it is humane for dogs to be outside in this extreme cold. According to Indiana state laws, the breeder is compliant. While this may be sustainable for the German Shepherd Dog, it is not sustainable for all breeds. Therefore, the laws must be revisited. After the town became outraged, the people of Arcadia, IN feel a change needs to made. The animals, and all domestic animals, deserve a change in the state laws.  We ask that the ordinance Marion county holds become a LAW to bring animals inside when temperatures are below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and be constructed state-wide. Breeders MUST have an indoor kennel sufficient for all ages and breeds of domestic animals during times of extreme weather, if the animals cannot be in the home/business. If these laws are not followed the offender will be punished by law (to be decided by officials). State regulations/ordinances/laws can be found at (Indiana State Board of Animal Health) under the Commercial Dog Breeder Statute IC 15-21

Jordan Jamison Hawk
452,899 supporters
Petitioning Prosecuting Attorneys Council

Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife

Jeff and Jennifer Counceller thought were doing the right thing when they saved the life of an injured baby deer they found near their home in Indiana. But because they didn't have a permit, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is prosecuting them and they could face up to 60 days in prison. The DNR should drop these charges now. When they found the fawn on a neighbor’s porch in 2010, she was badly injured with puncture wounds that were infected and had maggots in them. Jennifer, a registered nurse and wound caretaker for the couple’s dogs and horses took the deer home and named it Dani and began nursing the deer back to health. When they called the DNR they were told to return the deer to the wild and let nature take it’s course. That would have been a death sentence for the deer. Instead, they tried to find Dani a home at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take her. The Counceller's decided to keep caring for the deer until it was strong enough to make it on it’s own in the wild. This past summer the DNR started an investigation into the situation and a DNR official recommended they get a permit to rehabilitate Dani.  The DNR then denied the permit application and then said the deer would have to killed. Just before DNR officials arrived at the Counceller's house to kill Dani she escaped through a gate that was left open. Now, the DNR has assigned a special prosecutor to the case and they're charging both Jeff and Jennifer with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer.   Jeff is a police officer and Jennifer is a nurse - these are good people who were just trying to the right thing by saving an injured animal. They don't deserve to go to jail and the DNR should drop all charges against them. We're asking that you sign the petition and also join the fight on our facebook page at

John W
139,601 supporters
Petitioning Indiana Governor

Protect Drivers from the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide: Pass Savannah's Law

In 2015, My wife and I lost our daughter, Savannah. She was with her boyfriend, heading to the mall like a typical teenager when Savannah suddenly passed out. Her boyfriend tried to go to the hospital, but he too passed out. Only one of them ever woke up. Savannah had been overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning. In our grief, we struggled to understand how this could happen. We discovered that a simple emissions test would have detected the issue and prevented her death. It was a fact that was hard to come to terms with, and now we want to make sure such a tragic, preventable loss doesn’t happen to anyone else’s loved one. We are proposing Savannah’s Law to require all cars on the road to get a proper emissions test. Our first goal is to get the law passed in our home state of Indiana, where Savannah passed away. Emissions tests are needed to detect deterioration and rust, especially as a car gets older. The older the car, the higher the risk of there being an emissions issue that could lead to tragedy. This is what happened to Savannah. There were no warning signs. Without an emissions test, there was no way to know the car had become a ticking time bomb. Savannah’s Law would require all cars 10 years old or less, to get a biannual emissions test. Vehicles older than 10 years would have annual tests. Currently, only two counties in all of Indiana require any kind of emissions testing. These patchwork emissions testing requirements are an issue across the country, and it is costing lives. Please help us protect people from vehicles with deadly carbon monoxide leaks. Not only will we save lives, but we will improve air quality. Sign our petition asking the Indiana legislature and governor to pass Savannah’s Law.

John Bettis
70,716 supporters
Petitioning Indiana Governor, Indiana State House, Indiana State Senate, Eric Holcomb, Brian Bosma, R Michael Young, Dennis Zent, Clyde A. "Chip" Perfect Jr., Linda Lawson, David Long, Dennis Kruse, Donald J. ...

Change the Indiana state law in regards to the killing of a police K9.

On November 13th 2019 Harlej a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois with the Fishers Police Department died after he was shot when finding a man hiding in woods that was being chased by officers of the Fishers Police Department. Under current Indiana law the suspect can only be charged at the maximum with a level 6 felony. Level 6 felonies are punishable by at least six months in jail (a misdemeanor sentence) or as much as two and a half years in prison (a felony sentence), and a fine of up to $10,000. Indiana Code Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure § 35-46-3-11 Sec. 11 . (a) A person who knowingly or intentionally:(1) strikes, torments, injures, or otherwise mistreats a law enforcement animal;  or(2) interferes with the actions of a law enforcement animal while the animal is engaged in assisting a law enforcement officer in the performance of the officer's duties; commits a Class A misdemeanor.(b) An offense under subsection (a)(1) is a Level 6 felony if the act results in: (1) serious permanent disfigurement; (2) unconsciousness; (3) permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ;  or (4) death of the law enforcement animal. (c) It is a defense that the accused person:(1) engaged in a reasonable act of training, handling, or discipline;  and (2) acted as an employee or agent of a law enforcement agency. (d) In addition to any sentence or fine imposed for a conviction of an offense under this section, the court: (1) may order the person convicted to make restitution to the person or law enforcement agency owning the animal for reimbursement of veterinary bills;  and (2) shall order the person convicted to make restitution to the person or law enforcement agency owning the animal for reimbursement of the cost of replacing the animal, which may include the cost of training the animal, if the animal is permanently disabled or killed.. This is unacceptable. Law Enforcement Canines are an extension of their human partners and put themselves in danger in place of their handlers, which sometimes leads to their death or serious injury. We need to be their voice and honor them in their ultimate sacrifice. For killing a K9 in the line of duty should be charged with the minimum of a level 2 felony. Level 2 FeloniesIn Indiana, Level 2 felonies are punishable by ten to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Voluntary manslaughter is a Level 2 felony in Indiana. (Ind. Code Ann. § 35-50-2-4.5

Dennis Stilts
68,432 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!

I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!

Jenifer Bass
34,401 supporters