Rep. Evan Wynn introduces “Casey’s Law”
(Madison, WI) – Today, State Representative Evan Wynn (R – Whitewater) introduced “Casey’s Law,” a bill that would provide greater penalties for abusing animals. The bill is named after a Milton woman’s dog Casey, who suffered severe internal injuries after being shot by an arrow. However, because the arrow resulted in only internal organ damage, the offense could only be considered a misdemeanor.
“Internal injuries can be just as harmful and long-lasting as external ones, such as losing a leg,” said Rep. Wynn. “The bill would add serious internal injuries to the list of felony animal abuse, and is a common-sense measure.”
Milton residents James and Lynn Morke’s dog Casey, a Great Pyrenees, suffered severe internal injuries due to the arrow, but through surgery was able to survive. In June, the perpetrator was convicted and sentenced of misdemeanor mistreatment of animals and disorderly conduct while armed. He was sentenced to a year of probation and a fine. Under the bill, the crime would be classified as a felony, with the maximum fine being $10,000 and the sentence no longer than 3 years and 6 months.
“Pets are a huge part of many people’s lives, and should be protected,” added Wynn.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog, and there are more than 78 million owned dogs in the United States.
Wynn is circulating the bill for co-sponsors in the Assembly and Senate until November 9th, and said he believes the bill will garner bipartisan support.
Rep. Wynn represents the 43rd Assembly District, which covers Whitewater, Milton, Edgerton, and most of western Rock County.