New Jersey: Allow Animal Shelters to File for Costs of Care for Animal Cruelty Victims
This action is for New Jersey residents only.
In animal cruelty cases, victims may be seized and held as living “evidence” in the custody of an animal care agency, such as a municipal animal shelter.
But caring for animal cruelty victims can be extremely costly — especially in large-scale or lengthy cases. Right now, in New Jersey, animal care agencies are footing the bill. For an animal shelter with a limited budget, the financial impact can be devastating.
New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would fix this problem by enabling animal care agencies to file for critical funds to cover the cost of caring for animal victims. It would make a difference for animals and care agencies alike.
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On February 8, 2022, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a decision in the case State v. Charmarke Abdi-Issa, holding that animal cruelty could be designated a crime of domestic violence, and that an animal’s guardian could be considered a victim of the crime.March 9, 2022 News
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