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Opinion Letters Chamberlin’s Law desperately needed

As a concerned North Carolina citizen, I would like to express the importance of legislative support to amend the current Cruelty to Animals Statute (GS 14-360) through Chamberlin’s Law (S-2). Chamberlin’s Law will close additional loopholes in GS 14-360 that are desperately needed.

Almost every day in N.C. we hear about animals being abandoned, tortured, and abused. Chamberlin’s Law came about from the dog that was abandoned, left without food, water and shelter in the backyard of home in High Point, N.C. for at least two months.

Chamberlin’s Law will change the wording of GS 14-360 from “intentional” abuse, which is very hard to prove, to “reckless” abuse.

While Chamberlin miraculously survived, the other dog in the same yard was euthanized. The owners declared that they did not “intentionally” leave him there to die a slow and painful death.

Is this reckless? Yes. Should we tolerate this horrible abuse of animals in our state? Never.

We need our legislators to support Chamberlin’s Law in order to protect our children and our animals from violence. There is a significant body of research that shows that persons who abuse and/or neglect animals will also do the same to children. The lack of consequences for abusing animals opens the door for future criminal activity.

The local senator for our district, Jim Davis, opposes this law and in an email to me has said that he will not support it. It is regretful that Sen. Davis has chosen to oppose such an important piece of legislation. That opposition speaks volumes about Sen. Davis’s intentions in the legislature during this session. One must wonder if that opposition is simply because the legislation was introduced by a Democratic senator.

Nancie A. Wilson, M.A. — Sylva, N.C.


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