LePage creates panel to deal with uptick in animal cruelty cases
Gov. Paul LePage has created a new committee to review Maine’s animal cruelty laws and determine how the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry can better respond to cases of animal abuse.
LePage said in an executive order released Monday that the number of animal abuse investigations in Maine is increasing to the point that they are straining human and financial resources at the local, county and state levels.
The Committee to Review Maine Animal Cruelty Investigations would be separate from the Maine Animal Welfare Advisory Council, which already exists to advise the department on proposed revisions to animal protection laws, training of animal control officers, and funding to support the Animal Welfare Fund. LePage said in his executive order that administration of the program does not fall under the council’s purview.
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