Petitioning State Senator Patricia Jones and 9 others
This petition will be delivered to:
State Senator
Patricia Jones
State Senator
Mark Madsen
State Senator
Lyle Hillyard
State Senator
Luz Robles
State Senator
Todd Weiler
State Senator
Stephen Urquhart
State Representative
John Westwood
State Senator
Daniel Thatcher
State Senator
Evan Vickers
Utah State Senate
Senator Gene Davis

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.


Letter to
State Senator Patricia Jones
State Senator Mark Madsen
State Senator Lyle Hillyard
and 7 others
State Senator Luz Robles
State Senator Todd Weiler
State Senator Stephen Urquhart
State Representative John Westwood
State Senator Daniel Thatcher
State Senator Evan Vickers
Utah State Senate Senator Gene Davis
Please, create and pass Elsa’s Law! (For Utah Residents Only)

Found frozen to the ground in Enoch, Utah, on January 2, 2014, 1 ½ year-old Elsa did not need to suffer fatal neglect, yet, because cruelty to animals is little more than a slap on the wrist in Utah, Elsa’s former owner cannot be brought to full justice.

Horses bond with each other and with their owners, they feel love and they feel loss, and they deserve to receive the best of care to live long, happy lives. Please, create and pass Elsa’s Law!

Elsa’s Law: Utah Legislature, in 76-9-301. Cruelty to animals, Utah Code, please designate equines (horses) as “companion animals”, instead of “livestock”, and/or 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 Second Degree Felony with a sentence of 0 to 5 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $5,000.