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2018 Senate Bill 1227: Revise dangerous animal complaint procedures
Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on November 28, 2018
To require that when a sworn complaint is filed that an animal has caused serious injury or death to a person or a dog, the owner must be given all the evidence and communications, and make a mandatory appearance before a court. Under current law, the animal must be turned over to a proper animal control authority or kennel until the appearance, and the owner is responsible for the expense. Under the bill, the owner would not be responsible for the expense if the animal was held by an animal control authority and the animal was exonerated. The bill also prohibits officials and investigators from coercing or threatening the owner to relinquish the animal.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 28, 2018
Reported in the Senate on December 12, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.