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Please, Create and Pass Elsa’s Law! (For Utah Residents Only)

Found frozen to the ground – yet still alive! – in Enoch, Utah, on January 2, 2014, 1½ year-old Elsa did not need to suffer fatal neglect, yet, because the penalty for cruelty to animals is little more than a slap on the wrist in Utah, Elsa’s former owner cannot be brought to full justice.

Elsa was taken to Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses near Cedar City, Utah, but, despite valiant efforts to save her, she died on January 18, 2014 in the arms of Ginger Grimes, Founder, and surrounded by loving volunteers.

I am horrified by Elsa's story and created this petition to let the Utah Legislature know that the citizens of Utah will not stand for this injustice and the law must be changed.

We ask Senators Davis, Vickers, Madsen, Hilyard, Jones, Robles, Thatcher, Urquhart and Weiler, and Representative Westwood, to introduce a bill to change the inadequate punishment to a Third Degree Felony with a sentence of 0 to 05 years and a possible fine of up to $5,000.

"Elsa’s Law", Utah Legislature, in 76-9-301. Cruelty to animals, Utah Code, please change the violation of Subsection 2, “fail[ure] to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter for an animal in the person's custody”, from a Class B or C misdemeanor to a Third Degree Felony with a sentence of 0 to 5 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $5,000.

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Senator
    Patricia Jones
  • State Senator
    Evan Vickers
  • State Senator
    Daniel Thatcher
  • State Representative
    John Westwood
  • State Senator
    Stephen Urquhart
  • State Senator
    Todd Weiler
  • State Senator
    Luz Robles
  • State Senator
    Lyle Hillyard
  • State Senator
    Mark Madsen
  • Utah State Senate
    Senator Gene Davis


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