A new law now increases the maximum fine for stealing, harming, or transporting someone’s pet without their consent from $200 to $1,000 in New York State. According to Lohud this is the first time in 44 years that fine has been raised. With the rising number of pet thefts being reported and the recognition that pets are property but more than that emotionally, it’s an important step and sends a message that pet theft is a serious crime.
People who are found guilty of stealing a pet, removing a pet’s collar, or harassing a pet in any way will be punished with up to 6 months in jail and a fine. Many stolen animals are resold to unsuspecting families for profit or sometimes sold to research facilities. This new law hopes to crack down on this practice and also to remind pet owners to be more aware about leaving their pets outside or in places where they might be stolen.
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