The title question, “Should Animals Freed From Fighting Rings Be Available For Adoption Sooner?” is very misleading in relation to what the bill is actually about.
According to the extended details of the bill, the emphasis is not on having animals adopted sooner. The bill is aimed at providing better care for the animals while the perpetrators of animal-fighting crimes are charged and put on trial. Very often the perpetrators use various tactics to get out of or lessen the legal fines and punishment, and doing so causes delays in the legal proceedings. When the legal proceedings are delayed, the animals are kept in sub par environments that can be dangerous to their health and welfare. This bill aims to transfer animals more efficiently to the appropriate shelters or adoption centers where they can be properly taken care of. Will this lead to animals being adopted sooner? Possibly, in some cases. But that is by no means the primary objective of the bill. The primary objective is to have an expedited procedure to obtain money from animal crime perpetrators to pay for the animals’ welfare. With expedited access to funds, the animals rescued will have faster access to proper treatment, including medical, behavioral, etc.