MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Some Vermont animal rights advocates are calling
on the Legislature to make it easier to seize abused animals from their
owners so they can be placed sooner in permanent new homes.
current law, it can take months or years between the time abused animals are
seized and when a court can hold a hearing that would allow the animals to
be connected with new owners, and there is no mechanism to help pay for the
care of seized animals.
A proposal being considered in the
Legislature would set a six-week limit between the time the animals are
seized and holding a civil forfeiture hearing. The bill would also require
animal owners to post bonds within 72 hours of the seizure for the care of
the animals and allow animal rescue groups to draw from that money.