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Having had one of the weakest animal abandonment laws in the nation (a petty slap on the wrist and a $50 fine) Hawaii has finally stepped it up. The new Senate Bill 2512 was signed into law on June 30, 2016 having it;



  • ..unlawful for the owner or any person in possession of any pet animal or equine animal to desert the pet animal or equine animal.



Furthermore, it states that; 


  • Any person who violates subsection (a) shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor and subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 in addition to any other penalties. 



​and goes on to read; 


  • (c) Any person who violates subsection (a) and recklessly causes the death of or substantial bodily injury to the pet animal or equine animal shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine not exceeding $2,000 in addition to any other penalties.



While the “petty misdemeanor” infraction is not too impressive - being that there are other states that classify the same violation as a misdemeanor or even a felony, it is indeed a step in the right direction.  The full version of this bill as well as it's journey to becoming a law, can be read here as well ashere.

Curious how Hawaii matches up against other states animal abandonment classification and penalties?
Check out this list of Animal Cruelty Laws.

SB 2512

WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN?

July 1, 2016​

 

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