Raise awareness of the lack of enforcement for animal Cruelty in Randolph Co, Al

Raise awareness of the lack of enforcement for animal Cruelty in Randolph Co, Al

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People of Randolph Against Animal Cruelty started this petition to Local Leaders of Randolph County and City Council of Wedowee

Alabama laws against animal abuse and neglect are not being enforced in Randolph County.  In addition, the laws in place are not enough. Merely a slap on the wrist.

CODE § 13A-11-14 states that a person commits the crime of cruelty to animals, if he intentionally or recklessly subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment; or subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect; or kills or injures without good cause. According to the statute, cruelty to animals is a Class B misdemeanor. ALA.

Summary:These Alabama provisions contain the state's anti-cruelty laws.  The first section (under Article 1 of Chapter 11) provides that a person commits a Class A misdemeanor if he or she subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment, neglect (as long as he or she has custody of the animal), or kills or injures without good cause any animal belonging to another. However, if any person intentionally or knowingly violates Section 13A-11-14, and the act of cruelty or neglect involved the infliction of torture to the animal, that person has committed an act of aggravated cruelty and is guilty of a Class C felony.  The next section (Article 11 of Chapter 11 entitled, "Cruelty to Cats and Dogs"), provides that a p erson commits the crime of cruelty to a dog or cat in the first degree if he or she intentionally tortures any dog or cat or skins a domestic dog or cat or offers for sale or exchange or offers to buy or exchange the fur, hide, or pelt of a domestic dog or cat. Cruelty to a dog or cat in the first degree is a Class C felony.

Code of Alabama. Title 13A. Criminal Code. Chapter 11. Offenses Against Order and Safety. Article 1. Offenses Against Public Order and Decency. Title 13A. Criminal Code. Chapter 12. Offenses Against Public Health and Morals. Article 1. General Provisions. Title 3. Animals. Chapter 1. General Provisions. Title 2. Agriculture. Chapter 15. Livestock. Article 5. Handling of Livestock in Markets and in Transit.

ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS OF ALABAMA
ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS OF THE USA (13TH EDITION)
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ALA. CODE § 13A-5-7. Prison terms; misdemeanors.
(a) Sentences for misdemeanors shall be a definite term of imprisonment in the county jail or to hard labor for the county, within the following limitations:
(1) For a Class A misdemeanor, not more than one year.
(2) For a Class B misdemeanor, not more than six months.
(3) For a Class C misdemeanor, not more than three months.
(b) Sentences for violations shall be for a definite term of imprisonment in the county jail, not to exceed 30 days.

ALA. CODE § 13A-5-12. Fines; misdemeanors.
(a) A sentence to pay a fine for a misdemeanor shall be for a definite amount, fixed by the court, within the following limitations:
(1) For a Class A misdemeanor, not more than $6,000;
(2) For a Class B misdemeanor, not more than $3,000;
(3) For a Class C misdemeanor, not more than $500; or
(4) Any amount not exceeding double the pecuniary gain to the defendant or loss to the victim caused by the commission of the offense

This has become an intense issue and heartbreaking to watch as the animals in this county are not protected by the laws put in place. We have dog fighting, dog thefts, animals being bought and sold as bait for fighting, including livestock,and or flipping on the internet for profit.  

Randolph County has the means to enforce, There is money allocated to hire enforcement to combat these issues. Instead it chooses to over look these criminal activities.  The rescues are full, fosters are full, shelters are full.  We see dogs, cats, livestock suffering daily at the hands of abusive and criminal owners.  The people of this county take in strays, feed strays, rescue, foster.  But, it is a never ending cycle of cruelty that seems to have no end and no hope of justice.

If this issue is addressed and the abusers and irresponsible owners were held accountable, revenue from fines would create enforcement positions, possibly help with rescues, and the shelter, and hopefully some day the problem would be all but irradicated. 

Encarceration would take them out of circulation and end criminal activites.  Even though the highest penalty is a year in jail, that would be a year that they could not conduct their usual activity.  As we know, it does not end with dog fighting, selling of bait dogs, and livestock, most of these people involved in such activities, also engage in other illegal activities.

 

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