Now, inspired by Penny, two Florida lawmakers have filed two acts that would make it illegal to keep an unattended dog or a cat tethered.
The identical act, SB1508 and HB1075, were filed yesterday by State Rep. Emily Slosberg (D-19) and Sen. Annette Taddeo (D-40), and are appropriately named the "Penny Bautista Act."
Essentially, the act would ban tying up a dog or cat with a chain, rope, or other means without a person being immediately present.
I’m so proud to be in support of this bill. Thank you @SenatorTaddeo and @emilyslosberg for introducing this bill to the state of Florida and naming it after my beautiful baby girl. Please help us fight this cruel practice. 🙏🏼 #ThePennyBautistaActFL #Survivor #AdoptDontShop https://t.co/db0LPlomNJ pic.twitter.com/ulPHholMWu— Vaxxed AF! #TeamPfizer Poor Kid Chasing Dreams. (@DaveBautista) January 5, 2022
The bills would also ban tethering a dog or cat outside during severe weather, including hurricanes, thunderstorms, and days experiencing extremely high or cold temperatures.
The proposal would not apply to situations that do not jeopardize an animal's safety, like visiting a vet or being trained for law enforcement.
People who are found guilty under the "Penny Bautista Act," would be subject to a non-criminal violation, and up to a $500 fine.
A few months ago, the then 3-month-old Penny was found eating trash in a cemetery, when rescuers found her severely injured with a chain embedded in her neck and chin.
After her story went viral, and a successful surgery, Bautista adopted the pup.
The "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor is no stranger to dog rescues. Back in 2019, Bautista also adopted two local pitbulls.
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