Allie’s Law: Stopping the Violent Cycle of Animal Abuse in Florida

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audrey stansbury
Dec 6, 2020
law makers, stop allowing ppl to exploit animals, and perpetuate untaxed cottage industries of abuse.

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Tamra Thomas
Nov 11, 2020
I am an animal lover and am disgusted that more and better laws aren't written and enforced to protect these innocent creatures. We must speak for them, we must do better.

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Jeff Metzger
Oct 22, 2020
Just love animals better than most people.

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Megan Bremer
Oct 17, 2020
No animal should be abused and it needs to be reported

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DIANE KASTEL
Oct 14, 2020
Allie’s Law
The cycle must end. Animal abuse is a warning sign that a home is not safe! There is an absolute urgency to stop acts of cruelty toward animals, and, take measures against this violent trait.

We ask the "State of Florida" to pass "Allie’s Law", a general "Animal Cruelty": statute that makes it mandatory for any veterinary professional to report visible signs of animal cruelty to law enforcement, or, animal control.

The current legislation does NOT require a veterinarian to file a report with local law enforcement, or, animal control, when they see clear signs of animal mistreatment. "Allie’s Law" would change that.

The second part of the bill would declare it a criminal act for a veterinary professional to intentionally alter, or, change, the medical records of an animal to hide the abuse. "Allie"’s rescue story speaks to the importance of including this provision.

After being in labor for 24 hours with her third litter of puppies before the age of three, "Allie"’s owner dropped his abused dog off at the hospital with no money to pay for a C-section. "Allie" was surrendered to the animal hospital where she had five puppies.

There were no notes in the medical record of the puppies she birthed, and, the timeline of the procedures seem to be tampered with. According to an office manager, it was later discovered that the abusive breeder had demanded he/she take the puppies when she had them, leaving "Allie" behind to be sold off for a $400.00 bounty on "Craigslist" under the hospital’s account.

Why is the law important?

When "Allie" was rescued by the "Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida", she showed obvious signs of abuse. The vet tech that was at the animal hospital when she had her C-section said that the owner would throw food in the center of the floor at home, and, the 6 other Boston Terriers would fight to consume it. This partially accounted for the visible scars that covered her body.

In "Allie"’s case, the veterinarian could have saved an additional six puppies by submitting a report. The abuse that occurred at the breeder’s house could have been investigated, and, any further abuse blocked by THIS law. "Allie’s Law" would have assured that she was the last victim.

Who supports this bill?

There are currently 16 states that mandate the reporting of animal abuse by veterinarians to law enforcement. The law is being introduced to Florida by "Allie"’s foster parents who will be adopting her when her heartworm treatment is finished at the end of April, 2019. Allie’s foster dad is the "Vice President" and, a "Board" member of "Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida" the organization that protected Allie when they raised money to save her from the animal hospital she was sold to her foster family from.

Why should we sign this now?

Florida is considered a high-risk state for animal abuse. There have been countless studies as to how animal abuse can indicate other forms of violence. The current law is not explicit - it is silent. In such a world of abuse, if it is silent, then, it does not have to be reported. Passing "Allie’s Law", in 2020, would be legislation of protection.

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tenille collard
Oct 14, 2020
I can’t believe there has to be a law to get veterinarians to report abuse?!?! Thank you to Allie and her dad for working so hard to protect these animals, give them a voice, and hold these people accountable.

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THEODORA BOURA
Oct 14, 2020
We have to stop this ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lisa Noble
Oct 13, 2020
Because I believe all animals need a voice and I want to be that voice

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Cheryl Victor
Oct 13, 2020
Please pass this law. Please, help these victims. Abuse is abuse, animals suffer sometimes more than people, because it is a silent abuse

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Jessica Hausman
Oct 12, 2020
Please get this passed!!