“We would like to see Kentucky make some very important changes to make sure that animals are protected now and in the future from known offenders,” Dunn said in an interview with Yahoo News.
According to Dunn, Kentucky's downfall is its lack of felony penalties for animal cruelty. For instance, there is no consequence for animal neglect, sexual assault or abandonment.
“We’d really like to see the punishment fit the crime in those situations,” she told Yahoo News. “Kentucky is the only state in the country that specifically prohibits veterinarians from reporting animal cruelty. The majority of states either allow or require by law that veterinarians who suspect animal cruelty to report it to law enforcement.”
Kentucky is also the only state where animal abusers don't have to forfeit the animal(s) they've abused after being convicted, even though it's been proven that those who hurt animals are likely to continue—and eventually hurt humans in the future.
In spite of Kentucky repeatedly coming in last, as a whole, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has seen improvement across America.Source: Yahoo
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