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Old 03-31-2014, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need you to make a phone a phone call for West Virginia .

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Contact the governor’s office IMMEDIATELY 304-558-2000/888-438-2731 and tell him to VETO HB 2757

Whole deal:
"This is a call to action, I need people to make a phone call, then share the info asking that others do the same. I don't care if you're from WV or not, the phone's need flooded in effort to VETO this horrible bill that could cause dogs to be KILLED based on a persons complaint. PERIOD, no investigation, no evidence....
Monday's edition of the largest newspaper in the state will run a "pit bull attack" story in support of this bill. So we REALLY need the governor's office SLAMMED with opposition asking for VETO.
Copy/paste the following (or all of it, IDC), but please help!!

Governor Tomblin has until Tuesday April 1, to veto Felicity’s law (HB 2757) or it automatically becomes law.
Contact the governor’s office IMMEDIATELY 304-558-2000/888-438-2731 and tell him to VETO HB 2757.
If you call during non-office hours, stay on the line and you will get a chance to leave your message.

Why should the governor veto this law?

Its intended purpose is to remove an owner’s right to a fair hearing in the event their dog attacks someone.

From the Law:
§19-20D-1. Purpose.
The purpose of this article is to protect the public by providing a private cause of action seeking euthanasia of a dog in magistrate court to a person who has been attacked by a dog resulting in personal injuries requiring medical treatment which cost $2,000 or more, or who has been attacked by the dog and the dog had attacked a person causing personal injury which required medical treatment within the previous twelve months.
The bill:
1. violates a property owners right under both the U.S. and State Constitutions

2. permits a disgruntled neighbor opportunity to harass and remove an individual’s personal property

3. causes extreme risk to dogs statewide, without offering protection from unjust euthanasia

4. fails to provide community safety as it does not address true dangers that can be the result of loose/roaming dogs; tethered dogs; etc.
There is no other law that allows us to go into a magistrate's office, declare wrong-doing by an individual, and receive a relief so drastic. For example, if you knew that your neighbor was operating a vehicle under the influence, a magistrate would not issue a revocation of your neighbor's driving privileges. If you witnessed a parent abusing their child, no magistrate would issue an order removing the child from the parents' custody.

HB2757 permits anyone, friend or foe, to achieve action that is unconstitutional. Additionally, it increases the risk of the well-being of a living being. This bill, if signed into law, would risk family pets being killed based on an individual’s sworn testimony and medical bills. No witness is required, no evidence such as DNA, bite impressions, etc. A person could be bitten by their own dog, seek medical attention and due to the required reporting to the health department choose to blame an innocent dog in effort to save their own dog (or prevent cancellation of their home owners insurance).
There is nothing good about this bill. We must ask for a veto.

Sincerely,

Jo Staats


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