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Vermont AR groups seek quicker forfeiture

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.

Under the 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.

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