STOP MN Animal Control Authorities from taking dogs from owners without Due Process!
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Minnesota Animal Laws are confusing to say the least. They are written in language that is difficult to interpret and scattered throughout the statute book. Not to mention, there are archaic local ordinances and policies that can allow Animal Control Authorities to seize a pet and sell or give it away even when an owner is known. Recently, in the City of East Bethel, that is exactly what happened to Duke the Coonhound. Duke bolted from the family car as they returned home from running errands. According to the family, despite their best efforts, it took four days to locate him at their local Animal Control Authority. When the family contacted the Animal Control Facility, they were told it would take $180.00 to bail him out of the Pound. While the family had come forward, they couldn't afford to pay the fee. Before the family could raise the funds, Duke was taken from them. Forever, with no hearing, no appeal and no way to find him. For being loose ONCE. The city of East Bethel supported this saying that their Animal Control contractor "followed the law". We are working to review, clarify, and consolidate animal laws and have them administered by one state regulatory agency. Cities should be required to enforce record keeping requirements, and adhere to policies that protect a pet owner's personal property and due process rights. A family should never lose a companion animal because of unregulated charges and fees and unconstitutional city policies.
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