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Animal abuse bill inspired by Marshfield dumpster puppies

CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) — State Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) is a co-author of a bill that would increase the penalty for animal abuse.

“What we did is we changed the law to say that he has the intent to kill these puppies and he could be guilty of felony,” Spiros said in an interview with WSAU.

This bill comes after nine puppies were found in a dumpster in Marshfield earlier this year.

And just earlier this week, kittens were found in a trash can in Lincoln County.

“We just want what’s best for these little guys. It’s not fair for them, they don’t know what’s going on,” said Lincoln County Humane Society Animal Caretaker Kassie Boyce.

Boyce is hopeful the bill will deter future incidents from happening.

“I think it’s going to make a big difference, especially for these guys for instance. I don’t think they would have been left in a garbage can at the end of a driveway,” Boyce said.

If you have an animal you can’t care for, Boyce encourages you to drop them off at your local shelter which will be able to properly care for them.

Right now the kittens are in a foster home because the shelter is at full capacity. Boyce said adoption is important to help open up space for animals to be taken in.

The kittens are doing well, but are not yet ready for adoption.

Sarah McGrew

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