Local advocates say we are not protecting those who cannot protect themselves. You may remember Lyon County recently passed a domestic pet protection ordinance in the county. State legislators are now asking a local advocate to testify on the topic.
Dee Robinson with Kentucky Citizens Against Animal Abuse wants to propose amendments to an existing law: Romeo's law. Kentucky adopted Romeo's law, which makes it a felony to torture a dog or cat unless it is a first offense. Robinson says that's not enough.
Robinson says she also wants these offenses prosecuted as felonies: gross neglect, excessive abuse and torture, dog-fighting, and sexual abuse of animals. Robinson says she's not only trying to protect animals by advocating for these changes, she's advocating for people.
"It's starting to catch on. People are realizing that animal abusers are people abusers, and we are people society, and our legislators need to concentrate on our people society."
Robinson says she's based her testimony and work off years of research with the National Link Coalition into the human-animal abuse link, but she says her testimony Wednesday is not aimed towards hunters, good farmers, or good breeders.
Robinson will testify Wednesday afternoon in front of the Health and Welfare Committee in Frankfort.