NC’s Chamberlin’s Law could improve animal welfare in the state

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.

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  2. Posted by Eric on February 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    It would have been so easy to say, “He’s too far gone,” and put him down. But that wagging tail, and that drive to move… Thank God there were people who would not let him go. I look forward to the day we can see video of Chamberlin running in the yard with his new forever home. Thank you, Tom, for putting a face to the suffering of so many animals.

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    • Posted by Tom Grady on February 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Eric,
      I was concerned for him as well. But he does seem to show signs of determination to live and a level of quality of life that I think means he should be given a chance.
      I hope he sees some great recovery.
      And thank you for offering your input on the blog.

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