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PostSubject: Could this possibly go astray...   Wed May 12, 2010 1:44 pm

http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/2010/05/12/katherine-heigl-urges-reporting-of-animal-abuse.aspx

Katherine Heigl wants to give rewards to people that come forward with information about animal abusers. She talked about this plan in a press conference where they were talking about England a pitbull that had its legs tied together and was left in a muddy field... the owner of that dog was obviously arrested, but inspired this actress to give rewards to encourage people to come forth with information about those who abuse their dogs.

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While I think its a good idea that she is encouraging people to report animal abuse cases, do you think this has the possibility to go astray? I mean there are many "nosy" people that won't get the full story about some things and jump to conclusions that someone who actually loves their animals is mistreating them (I'm thinking about a specific case we discussed on K9Mania with Howler). And there are those that think that any small thing is considered animal abuse....

So what do you think? Good idea?

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PostSubject: Re: Could this possibly go astray...   Wed May 12, 2010 11:21 pm

I think its a GREAT idea ... but as with all great ideas come the responiblity to INVESTIGATE each report before acting. All it takes is one injustice to turn it into a BAD idea!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Could this possibly go astray...   Thu May 13, 2010 3:11 am

I think they need to include a clear definition of abuse if they're going to encourage reporting. US abuse laws are fairly clear, but State laws may be even more specific.
Examples of intentional cruelty include, among others, overt abuse, when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal, or dog fighting. Acts of neglect include companion animals being neglected or denied basic necessities of care, such as food, water, shelter, or veterinary care.
Even with clear definitions, there will always be over zealous neighbors who erroneously report abuse that does not actually exist. It usually gets sorted out in a fair minded manner.
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PostSubject: Re: Could this possibly go astray...   Mon May 17, 2010 5:51 pm

I agree with you guys. Clear definitions is must for this. I do wonder how this will turn out Nervous

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PostSubject: Re: Could this possibly go astray...   Mon May 17, 2010 5:57 pm

Steven_L wrote:
I do wonder how this will turn out Nervous

Only time will tell ... silent

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