New Florida bill targets 'animal hoarders'


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A Senate Republican on Thursday proposed creating a criminal charge of "animal hoarding" for people who keep large numbers of animals in overcrowded conditions and do not provide proper care.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, filed the proposal (SB 212) for consideration during the 2017 legislative session, which starts in March. The bill would add a new section to the state's animal-cruelty laws to create a third-degree felony for animal hoarding. It also would allow the seizure of animals whose health and welfare are in "imminent danger" because of such hoarding.


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