A Victory at the Capitol

Education, Rescue News / Monday, February 15th, 2016

Homeward Bound WV joined several animal rescue advocates from West Virginia at the state capitol on Thursday, February 11, 2016 for Humane Lobby Day. Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States in state capitals across the country, Humane Lobby Days give citizen animal advocates an opportunity to ask their state legislators to pass laws that protect animals.


Animal rescue groups came together to urge representatives in our state to support two very important bills for animals in West Virginia. 1) H.B. 4201 puts harsher penalties on dog fighting. The dog fighting bill not only protects animals but it also addresses the gambling, drugs, and exposure to minors during these events. 2) S.B. 436 defines outdoor shelters for dog owners. This bill helps owners understand their responsibility of providing appropriate shelter and gives law enforcement a definition to enforce the law consistently.

Homeward Bound WV was prepared to appeal to the delegate’s heartstrings by enlisting a couple of our young volunteers to attend the house and committee meetings to share their thoughts on what these bills mean to them personally. We didn’t stop there. Transport timing for two Great Pyrenees worked out to our advantage and we brought 7-week old fluffy puppies into the Capitol as secret weapons. It seems to have worked in our favor!


After just a short time, both bills passed in the judiciary meetings. That’s a huge victory that brings West Virginia one step closer to writing these bills permanently into law. To read more about these bills, you can check out the links below.

House Bill 4201: Increasing Animal Fighting Penalties

Senate Bill 436:  Defining Outdoor Shelter

Homeward Bound WV appreciates all of our volunteers, those in attendance and back home, our donors and supporters, and the other animal rescue advocates in attendance in Charleston. When all of us stand together for something we believe in, then we can make positive changes happen.


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