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Posted by mchambers on October 22, 2002 at 09:06:50:
In Reply to: Re: In CA, can Humane Society enforce teh 4 posted by Katrina on October 21, 2002 at 16:15:02:
They were visted by the USDA and found under 4 inch turtles displayed. This was a routine check by USDA that pet stores in MO. and KS. must allow. The turtles were only on display and not for sell. The store was warned that there would be NO second warning to remove the turtles. If the store didn't comply the agency would lock the doors of the store till there was a remedy done. If found again after that the store would face a hefty fine and the above done again with no certain time limit on lock down. This is what the store owners were told. I know...because I was that sore owner. This also prompted a visit from wild life which we were in order of not having native species on premisis for sell. And oh....the turtles if left at the store and found again would also be confiscated. They gave us 24 hours to remove the turtles.
Mike (Chambo ) Chambers
:Some law enfourcement agencies choose to not enfource other agencies regulations, however. The ASPCA in NYC, for example, while having power to arrest on animal cruelty, will not act on violations of the NYC health code that makes selling turtles under 4" illegal. In MD, it is easier for the DNR to act on the 4" regulation than it is for the health department, even though it is also a health department reg in Maryland.
:It is my understanding that SOME humane societies (they are not all related to each other, and they are not affiliated with the Humane Society of US) have been given powers of humane law enfourcement, such as what the ASPCA holds, when they have a contract to act as animal control in a city.
:So, it would depend upon where one lives (which city or county) to find out which agency would actually enfource the regulation.
::It is a LAW. Any LAW ENFORCEMENT angency can ENFORCE a law. The Humane Society is not a LAW ENFORCEMENT agency. They can turn you in and come along when the cops ENFORCE it, but they cannot ENFORCE the law themselves.
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