For your reading education I am including something that is currently going on in Louisville, KY. Home of one of the most dangerous animal HATE laws currently on the books.
For those living in Louisville, KY: Metro Animal Services now has in place a Task Force which is operating under color of law, illegally seizing animals. A member of the Task Force contacts people who have advertised puppies or kittens in the Courier-Journal, on www.Louisville-pets.com, LouisvilleMojo.com, or craigslist.com (and possibly other sites). This member, a Louisville Metro ACO, poses as a puppy buyer, and when granted access to the property in that guise, does an inspection. Then, immediately upon leaving the property, the ACO signals to the other members of the Task Force (which inexplicably include Louisville Metro Police Officers), who then arrive on the doorstep demanding entry and threatening to seize the animals.
Up to this point, ACOs have been granted access and animals have been seized. Those animals are not returned to the owner without extortionate fines (well over $300 per animal), and penalties including spaying/neutering of the parents and vaccinations of the puppies regardless of age.
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THIS SITUATION: Do not panic! REFUSE ENTRY to police and ACOs alike UNTIL A SEARCH WARRANT IS PRODUCED, describing your property and the probable cause upon which the warrant is based, and signed by a judge. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY!
Contact information for a local attorney with understanding of dog/cat issues:
Pat King 585-5763
730 W. Market St
Follow-up. The above information was posted on the Louisville craigslist.com site and someone protested its presence. It was then removed. Mind you, I’m an outsider, but it would seem to me that many polite yet strongly worded protests should be sent to craigslist in protest. Slipping in information about what is happening could also be done each time a person places any announcement on that list. Just some random thoughts on this cold Sunday morning.
Don't think it won't happen anywhere else. The necessary laws are in place in many places now and that "change" so many of you voted for, well it is now starting to happen.
From RPOA Texas Outreach and Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
"Animal welfare, not animal 'rights' and, yes, there is a difference."
Permission granted to crosspost.
November 14, 2009
San Antonio, TX, passed an animal ordinance requiring a Litter Permit in December of last year (2007). It is now being enforced. Animal control staff scan the Classified Ads and call the phone numbers listed that do not include a Litter Permit Number. Breeders are told that their animals will be confiscated if they don't buy the Litter Permit. To date, we're not aware of any animals actually being seized. Reports are that Louisville, KY, is actually illegally seizing litters under the same situations.
How many who voted for "change" thought to actually ask what that change would be and what it was going to mean?