Woman heads to Frankfort, hoping to strengthen laws for pets
FRANKFORT, Ky. - A local woman met with state lawmakers Wednesday, demanding they strengthen laws protecting pets and people.
LYON COUNTY, Ky. - On Wednesday, Dee Robinson is going to Frankfort. She will have 15 minutes to speak to state lawmakers. She is hoping to strengthen laws protecting domestic pets.
"We need to do something about this. This is not just about an animal abuse issue, it is a people issue," she said, adding, "Research has shown that 71% of all animal abusers go on to abuse humans."
It is what is called animal-human abuse syndrome. Many states like Illinois recognize it and have laws to protect against it.
"If person would do this to a dog, as sad as it is, wouldn't it be better to incarcerate him before he abuses a child the same way?" Robinson points out.
Over the past two years she has compiled hundreds of pages of research. She is pushing for domestic pet abuse to be a felony with mandatory and minimum sentencing.
She says she is speaking for the ones that have no voice and hoping the ones that do, hear her.
Quoting the closing line of her speech she reads aloud, "You are our lawmakers. We need you, we desperately need you."
Robinson says she needs someone in Wednesday's session to step forward and write legislation. Then, it will be up to local lawmakers to push the bill forward. Robinson is hopeful 'The Domestic Pet/Human Abuse Protection Act' will be law as soon as next year.