04 December 2007

Henry's Law

In one of my blog posts--"You Really Want to Read about Me"--I mentioned that I have a slight obsession with rescuing animals. The cat I mentioned in that post was Sandy. I rescued Sandy at the beginning of last April and found her a home in June.

A nice dad replied to my listing and told me that he had been looking for a cat for his kids because they had to leave their old cat when they moved. I drove her to their home and there were many tears on my end. The home I found for Sandy was over 5 miles from my house. At the end of October, I came home from work one day, and guess who was at my house? SANDY! She had traveled over 5 miles to come back to me. So I went to her family's house and asked if they remembered me and if they knew where their cat was. They said that they had not seen her since the previous day. That means she found her way to my house overnight. I couldn't believe that she actually remembered me, and after all that time. It's true, animals really do love me. In fact, I have been thinking about going to school for a second degree some day, to become a veterinarian. My dream is to work with Koko the gorilla (I know, very 3rd grade of me). Anyway, I returned Sandy to her home that night, which I really probably shouldn't have, because obviously we were MFEO! (Just as a side note, in second grade, when normal girls my age were princesses and cheerleaders for Halloween, I was Catwoman, from Batman).

Ok, so the point of all this, was to remind you how I love animals. Anyway, this past Saturday on my weekly visit to Pet's Mart to visit the animals; I met a dog named Henry. Henry was outside of Pet's Mart with several other people. A man from his group approached me and told me a little about Henry. Henry was chased with a leaf blower by his former owner. Consequently, his left eye was damaged and infected and had to be removed for good. On another occasion, his owner decided to put Henry in a 200-degree oven which burned his paws and chest leaving him with bad scars and his front toes fused together.

The man wanted me to sign a petition that will hopefully make animal cruelty acts such as this one, a felony, not a misdemeanor. Of course, I signed. There are 43 states which have made animal cruelty acts like these felonies. Utah is not one of them.

Mac does not agree with me, that this should be a felony. He does think this is a horrible thing, but he says that prisons are too crowded today, and that unfortunately, the government has to pick and choose which crimes are made felonies because there is simply not enough room in prisons to house all crime committers. This may be true, but many serial killers start out torturing animals. Jeffrey Dahmer, the Boston Strangler, Dylan Klebold (Columbine) and Ted Bundy are all examples.

I copied the following from the Henry's Law website:

Henry’s Law is named after Henry, a little dog that was tortured and survived a horrible attack in 2006. On April 26, 2006, Marc Christopher Vincent chased Henry with a leaf blower damaging his left eye irreparably. The eye became infected and it had to be removed. On May 25 2006, Vincent put Henry in a 200-degree oven for five minutes severely burning the dog’s paws and chest. The torture that Henry endured left him badly scarred and his front toes were fused together. Marc Vincent was charged with intentional animal cruelty, which currently in Utah is a Class A Misdemeanor. The maximum penalty the law allows is up to one year in jail and up to a $2500.00 fine. Marc Vincent was sentenced to 6 months in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. He was released after serving just 4 ½ months due to ‘good behavior’.

Three attempts have been made in recent years to upgrade this law and they failed. We came closer than ever before in 2007 when the bill passed both the House and the Senate but due to a last minute proposed amendment, was defeated by the clock. Due to public outcry, we did get the bill on a Special Legislative Session agenda during which the bill was then tabled for further study. Senator Gene Davis of Salt Lake City, sponsor of last year’s bill, has pre-filed Henry’s law and he is working with Senate leaders to ensure that a strong and enforceable piece of legislation passes during the 2008 session.

Currently, 43 of the 50 states have a felony provision on the books. Help bring Utah into the 21st century and help us see that Henry’s Law is enacted in 2008!

If you are interested, please visit http://www.henryslaw.com to sign this petition.

In other news, I woke up Saturday morning to find hell at my door step.

Fortunately, it put me in the Christmas spirit, and Mac and I decided to go buy our Christmas tree and ornaments. This is our first tree. We didn't have a tree last year because we went to California for Christmas. Unfortunately, we almost went broke buying everything for our tree, and I still feel like it is bare.

Oh, and did I mention that I made this masterpiece last week...All by myself...from scratch. I have to brag about it because I am the biggest craft hater...scrapbooking, quilting, anything that involves me going to a craft store to buy supplies. I would rather pay more for something than make it myself.


Donelle said...

o kelly...how i love reading about your life! that is so funny that cat found its way back to your house. umm...what are your plans for saturday or sunday? i want to come play with you and mac and see your christmas tree! plus i need to return gilmore girls so i gotta get that from you. maybe dinner on sunday and i can totally bring stuff! let me know what your plans are.

kemra said...

You always make me laugh! I love you! Your tree looks great! Mine is only part way done. I got the lights on, and part of the beady things (don't know what its really called!) and then I stopped to do something...and haven't gotten back to it yet!

The clock is gorgeous! How in the heck did you make it? Is it hard? Can you tell me how? I don't know if I could do it - I"m REALLY bad at that kind of stuff - but I have been wanting one!

Alisse T said...

Oh Catwoman, these stories are 100% Kelly Kapowski/Yates/Brown and I am still laughing! I love that you love animals. You're so cute!

Chase & Tricia said...

Your clock was amazing! I hope you're doing great!

Cory & Kristyn said...

i love the clock!!! and the tree!

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