Help abused animals: Pass the HEART Act

Our legal system treats animals seized in federal animal fighting cases as evidence, held captive by the legal system until courts determine their disposition. Due to lengthy forfeiture proceedings, these abused animals languish in shelters for months. The chronic stress of these stays causes physical and behavioral deterioration beyond what the animals have already experienced. Meanwhile, the people from whom the animals are seized do not pay for the animals’ care. Instead, taxpayers and nonprofit animal protection organizations are left to foot the bill.

The Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act, H.R. 398, reduces the amount of time that abused animals are held in shelters. It also requires the responsible individuals to reimburse the costs of care when the government prevails in civil forfeiture proceedings, thereby relieving taxpayers and nonprofit animal protection organizations of the financial burden of caring for these abused animals.

TAKE ACTION
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and urge support for the the HEART Act (H.R. 398). Look up your legislator's phone number. You can say, "I'm a constituent, and I urge you to cosponsor the HEART Act (H.R. 398), if you haven't already done so. This bill will help abused animals caught up in abuse cases by shortening the amount of time they are in the shelters and shifting the costs of their care to those who committed the crimes."

After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to automatically send a follow-up message. We encourage you to add your own thoughts or comments in the editable portion so your representative knows how important this issue is to you.

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Dear Legislator,

As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to support the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act, H.R. 398. The HEART Act will reduce the amount of time that animals seized in federal animal fighting cases are held in shelters. It also requires the individuals responsible in such cases to reimburse the costs of care when the government prevails in civil forfeiture proceedings, thereby relieving taxpayers and nonprofit animal protection organizations of the financial burden of caring for these abused animals.

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