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  • Death of local abused horse sparks petition to change Utah animal cruelty laws (+ VIDEO)
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    Published - 01/25/14 - 03:40 PM | 4 4 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Elsa, the abused filly that sparked change. Dust Devil Horse Sanctuary photo.
    Elsa, the abused filly that sparked change. Dust Devil Horse Sanctuary photo.
    (ENOCH, Utah) - Moved to action by the suffering and death of Elsa, the young horse found frozen to the ground in Enoch, Utah, Elisabeth Carroll has launched two petitions on Change.org. These petitions (one for Utah residents, the other for people outside Utah) will be sent to the Utah Legislature to create and pass "Elsa's Law". These petitions were created with the knowledge and approval of Ginger Grimes, Director, Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses.

    Elsa’s Law: Utah Legislature, in 76-9-301. Cruelty to animals, Utah Code, please designate equines (horses) as “companion animals”, instead of “livestock”, and/or change the violation of Subsection 2, “fail[ure] to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter for an animal in the person's custody”, from a Class B or C misdemeanor to a Second Degree Felony with a sentence of 1 to 15 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

    Since the launch yesterday evening, more than 650 Utah residents and 500 non-Utah residents have signed the petition for Elsa's Law.

    For Utah residents: http://www.change.org/petitions/utah-state-senators-and-representatives-please-create-and-pass-elsa-s-law-for-utah-residents-only

    For non-Utah residents: http://www.change.org/petitions/utah-state-house-please-create-and-pass-elsa-s-law-for-non-utah-signers-only

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    Note to Sonn Berrett
    January 30, 2014
    Be a man. Come out and publicly admit that you did an evil, stupid thing by starving and freezing your horses, and ultimately killing the filly. You are responsible for torturing a sweet, innocent animal which led to her eventual death. How does this make you feel? What kind of an example do you think this sets for your kids? Here's my advice: Apologize from your heart -- and put your signature on the petition for Elsa's law and encourage everyone in Utah to get behind it!! Tell your kids, family, friends, religious community, and coworkers that you were wrong. Admit it. Do any jail time handed down with grace, pay the fines, and reimburse the horse sanctuary. Educate yourself on animals. Read; talk to animal welfare experts. Animals are sentient beings and feel pain, cold, and emotions. I see that you parade the American flag on your Facebook page. Do you not realize this nation was literally built on the backs of horses? People will never forget what you have done. The only way you can possibly overcome the shame and receive any peace and redemption is to sincerely admit you were wrong, and moving forward do everything in your power to ensure this never happens to another animal. This is the only way you will be able to regain respect from your community and teach your children what's right. YOU have the power to turn this horrific evil you have committed into something redemptive and compassionate. Do you have it in you? I assume not, but if you do -- come forward and do all you can to right your hideous wrong.
    linda ennis
    March 09, 2014
    very well said, lets see what happens, maybe you softened his heart. thanks for standing up for people and animals who do not have a voice

    Marcia Mueller
    November 19, 2014
    Yes, very well said. I'm wondering what happened. Why would it not surprise me if Mr. Berrett was not heard from?
    richard for puppies
    January 26, 2014
    Its about time! What about other states and other animals that depend on care from humans
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