According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a woman and her daughter abandoned at least twelve cats, two ferrets, and three dogs (one dead) in their rented trailer in rural East Huntingdon. It's suspected that some animals might be lingering about in the woods of the property so the actual number may be more.
Upon reading the article, I thought about this statement:
Ms. Bricker said a conviction for animal abandonment can carry a fine of up to $750 and 90 days in jail for each count.
Is this severe enough? According to Gorilla Dogs, it is a state jail felony in Texas that is punishable by a minimum of 180 days and a maximum of 2 years. There can also be a fine of $10,000. However, this law only applies to those animals which live in homes. It doesn't extend to animals released on highway roads or in farm fields. That action, which is only considered a Class A misdemeanor is hard to prosecute as someone must "witness" the crime and then have sufficient proof to bring charges.
What do you consider fair for those people who decide to leave their animals behind?
Bringing you things to think about,