Ballot Measure Would Protect Service Animals
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 4, 2005
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS--Four animal protection groups and a service dog organization have joined forces to get an initiative on the November 2006 ballot that would create a new law to protect such animals from acts of cruelty.
According to Thursday's Boston Herald, the ballot initiative would make it a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, for anyone convicted of injuring a military, police or service dog.
The National Education for Assistance Dogs Services (NEADS) is working with the animal protection groups to gather 66,000 certified signatures before the measure can go before voters.
"You can just imagine if a person is injured and then their dog is injured that seems like a double whammy," said Joyce Schmitt, development director at NEADS.
The measure would also strengthen laws against dogfighting.
"Ballot Try Makes Voters Dogs' Best Friends" (Boston Herald)