Worcester County Commissioner says recent animal control legislation is successful

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – Worcester County Commissioners tell 47 ABC legislation to prevent animal neglect is working. The legislation was passed by Worcester County Commissioners in June.

“This issue was that state laws, and the county laws, pertaining to domesticated animals were very vague and had little to no teeth to them,” said Worcester County Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom.

Nordstrom points to nine charges recently filed against one Pocomoke City dog breeder, who neighbors and animal activists had been complaining about for years. With the recent legislation, those found guilty of violating the law could face probation from being able to breed or keep animals. They could also face potential fines and/or jail time.

“It appears that what we have done is working in this case,” he said. “We do wish that he took better care of his animals, and this legislation forces him to do so.”

Before the legislation was passed, officials could only issue civil citations, and not actually put a stop to alleged animal neglect.

“If animals are being mistreated, if people are breeding or boarding and not doing the things that they need to do – like vaccinations and giving proper care – we need laws in place to be able to charge and prosecute those cases,” said Nordstrom.

Nordstrom adds, it’s not just about protecting animals, it’s also about keeping Worcester County a desirable place to live.

“There are disturbances. There are issues that prevent people who are just trying to live a peaceful existence from doing so. So, we want to protect these folks, too. We thought back then this legislation would go a long way toward that, and it seems that it is working,” he said.

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