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Sheriff Lutz Testified Before Congress

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz just lately testified before a congressional committee to express law enforcement’s situation on legislation that specials with exotic animals. Home Resolution 263, also recognized as the Significant Cat Public Safety Act, seeks to ban the trading of massive cats as animals and halt the exploitation of these non-domesticated animals.

“The Large Cat Public Protection Act, it is been about for pretty some time. It’s starting off to attain some momentum. It’s mostly due to the fact now, it’s turned into what the invoice claims, a community protection act. It is a public safety bill as a substitute of an animal invoice,” Lutz explained. “They’ve asked me in the previous to testify, thanks to the simple fact we experienced our incident again in 2011.”

Lutz remarked that personal possession of cats is a quite harmful scenario and that most states really don’t have any direction or legislation addressing the concern.

“One of the major points which is been introduced up with us testifying on this monthly bill as proponents of it, the opponents of it think regulation enforcement must be trained on how to offer with these animals. They assume law enforcement ought to be in a position to have every thing necessary. And which is just not the circumstance,” Lutz claimed. “Law enforcement is currently being asked to prepare in a whole lot of diverse locations, we have a great deal of distinctive tasks and obligations that we have to carry out to just manage legislation and order.”

Ohio’s unique animal laws was established in the wake of the 2011 Muskingum County incident that saw a wide variety of dangerous and exotic animals intentionally produced from their cages. Ohio’s regulation locations stringent protection prerequisites on the exotic animal homeowners and involve various businesses to supply oversight.

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