Missouri's animal abuse law was revised last year to better protect animals, but at what cost? The Newton County sheriff's department says they're receiving several calls a week from residents who can't legally do anything about neighborhood dogs roaming the streets and tearing up their property. The animal abuse law was changed so that owners are no longer required to have adequate control of their animals, and added another statute; animal trespass . Sheriff Ken Copeland tells News Talk KZRG why the new law is so hard to enforce.
"It's going to be practically impossible for us to prove that your animal has been off your property for 12 hours. It's tough for the citizens , where the neighbor's animals are coming onto their property, tearing it up, or attacking one of their animals."
He says area lawmakers are working to change the law during the next legislative session.