Believe it or not, another Bill
has been introduced into the state legislature targeting Wisconsin's
ground-breaking new law. Assembly Bill
346 seeks to "create an exception to the licensing
requirement for a person who operates an animal control facility under a
contract with one or more political subdivisions if the animal control facility
operates under a kennel license issued by the political subdivision in which
the animal control facility is located."
other words, under AB-346, many animal control facilities would NOT be subject
to licensing nor have to conform to the standards of care mandated by Act 90.
All they would need would be a kennel license from the municipality they serve.
Assembly Bill 346 here
latest attack on Act 90 was introduced by Representatives Wynn, Knilans, Craig,
Petryk, Pridemore (one of the original co-sponsors of Act 90), Rivard, Ballweg
and Spanbauer, and co-sponsored by Senator Galloway. AB-346 was read in the WI
State Assembly was on 28 October 2011, and then was referred to the
Committee on Consumer Protection and Personal Privacy. A
Fiscal Estimate was submitted on 28 November 2011.
Assembly Bill 346 History AB-346 Fiscal
One of the main strengths of Act 90 is that it requires
EVERYONE selling 25 or more dogs in a year, from more than 3 litters, to be
licensed and regulated, and that includes shelters, rescues, and animal control
facilities. The exception for animal control facilities licensed
by municipalities came up several times between the drafting and passage of the
law, and was soundly rejected every time. Why should dogs in animal control
facilities NOT enjoy the same protection and standards of care by law as dogs
in other shelters in Wisconsin?
governments may not have the experience or knowledge to set adequate standards
of care for the animal control or stray hold facilities they "hire,"
nor even see the need for such standards. In many cases, the only requirement
for a local kennel license is that the applicant pay the fee.
Thyme and Sage Ranch
situation was a classic example of this. Over 300 animals were seized by
Richland County Sheriff's Department and investigators from over half a dozen
state and national humane organizations, from a "shelter" that was
also the county Animal Control facility. Thyme and Sage Ranch underscored the
need for INCLUSION of municiple animal control facilities under the protective
umbrella of state law.
Thyme and Sage Ranch Investigation
PLEASE email or phone all the members of the
Committee on Consumer Protection and Personal Privacy and let them know that
you are OPPOSED to AB-346! See below
for names and contact information. If your representative is one of the authors
or co-sponsors of this bill, let him/her know that you feel that he/she is
letting both you and Wisconsin dogs down by proposing this exception!
your representatives that the current law was written after more than a decade
of study and unanimously passed last year. If you are already licensed under
Act 90, please mention this -- particularly if you are also an animal control
facility! See the Talking Points below for more
ideas to help you compose your message.
Remember, you can be firm
and passionate while still being respectful and courteous! Name-calling, or
rude or abusive language will hurt, rather than help, our cause. Also, you MUST
include your name and address. Your legislator won't pay much attention to what
you have to say if this information isn't included.
Committee on Consumer Protection and Personal
Are My Legislators?
Here are a few
"talking points" to help you compose your own message:
FACT: The legislation that became Act 90
was the result of 10 years of study. In addition to the four authors, the
legislation was co-sposored by 18 Senators and 51 Representatives (including
FACT: Act 90 was signed into law in 2009
after being passed UNANIMOUSLY in both houses of the WI legislature! The law
went into effect on 1 June 2011. Doesn't it seem like a waste of precious
legislative time attempting to alter a ground-breaking piece of legislation
that was passed with unanimous support?
FACT: The exception for animal control
facilities was discussed and REJECTED early in the devolvement of Act 90.
should it pass, would create a totally unleveled playing field and put humane
organizations at a serious disadvantage to anyone who wanted to provide stray
hold services for profit. Remember, they would get GOVERNMENT payment for the
services but have NO government oversight for the conditions or treatment of
animals in their facilities!
Thyme and Sage Ranch
situation was a classic example of the need for animal control
facilities/contractors to be licensed and regulated under Act 90. Over 300
animals were seized by Richland County Sheriff's Department and investigators
from over half a dozen state and national humane organizations, from a
"shelter" that was also the county Animal Control facility. Thyme and
Sage Ranch underscored the need for INCLUSION of municiple animal control
facilities under the protective umbrella of state law.
FACT: By all reports, Act 90 inspections
so far have been going smoothly.
FACT: Humane Societies have reported that
inspections have been fair, balanced and even HELPFUL
Sample Message Format:
The Honorable (legislator's
City, State, Zip
Dear Sen/Rep Name:
I am writing
to state my opposition to Assembly Bill 346, which would create an exception
from the requirement for licensing under Act 90 for some animal control
[In one or two short paragraphs,
state why you oppose this exception. It is important that you tell them this
in your own words!]
Thank your representative for his