At last report – thanks to efforts of Susie’s Miracle Fund and the Guilford County Animal Shelter and North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare – a dog is recovering from abuse and legislation named in his honor is hopefully getting closer to passage.
Chamberlin’s Law specifically deals with the abandonment of animals and sets minimum standards for shelter and fills in some holes in current laws in North Carolina.
Warning– the video below contains images of an injured Chamberlin and may not be suitable or all viewers. He was left alone to die in a field High Point, N.C.
If passed, the law would change the standard for conviction from “maliciously” or “intentionally” harming an animal – to “recklessly,” which will be easier to prove in court. Also, judges will be able to ban those convicted of abuse from having pets, for any period of time. And judges will be able to order psychiatric or psychological evaluation and counseling at the convicted abuser’s expense.