Republican Governor Eric Holcomb of Indiana will likely sign a bill that would prevent convicted animal abusers from owning animals in Indiana, The Hill reported yesterday.
The bill now moves to Governor Holcomb's desk as it passed both chambers of the Indiana legislature. The proposed law would prevent animal abusers from keeping, owning, or training animals while on parole or probation.
Between 2014 and 2017, 45 people were convicted of animal cruelty, state analysts estimate. 80 percent of offendors were placed on probation for approximately 326 days. The bill's author, Republican Senator Ron Alting, stated that the proposed law will target repeat offenders.
“It's common sense that, if a person is convicted of abusing an animal, then why in goodness sake should they be able to own an animal when they are on parole or probation? You know they will turn around and do the same thing,” Alting told The Indianapolis Star.
Sharon Dull, a volunteer and employee for animal organizations, agreed with Alting in a Senate committee hearing.
"Lack of empathy and compassion are common traits among animal abusers," she said. "They often view an animal as property and think it's their right to do whatever they please to the animal. They don't realize or they simply don't care that an animal feels pain just like humans do.”