Rep. Keable seeks to solidify advocacy in cases regarding animal protection
STATE HOUSE – Representative Cale P. Keable has proposed legislation (2018-H 7333) to require courts to appoint an animal advocate to any case in which the custody or well-being of an animal is at issue.
Current law allows but does not require the appointment of an advocate on behalf of an animal in cruelty-related court hearings. If approved, the legislation will solidify the advocates’ presence by changing the phrase “may appoint” to “shall appoint.”
“The abuse of an animal is depraved. In a cruelty case, any step we can take to enhance advocacy for an animal’s safety is appropriate,” said Representative Keable (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester).
The legislation has been relentlessly supported by Rhode Island’s Wind Walker Humane Coalition and is cosponsored by Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence), Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick), Rep. Charlene M. Lima (D-Dist. 14, Cranston, Providence) and Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Dist. 22 Warwick).
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