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Support a Maryland cost of animal care bill

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Dear Legislator,

S.B. 152/H.B. 135 will establish a legal process by which pet owners involved in animal cruelty cases may be responsible for paying for the care of the seized animals while criminal charges are pending.

This law would bolster the current law by retaining the 10-day period for owners to file a petition for the return of their animal(s) to maintain ownership. It would also enact a workable civil procedure to determine the disposition of seized animals and require a bond to pay for the cost of caring for any owned animals that are in the custody of animal control, similar to what is in place in 36 other states.

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