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PETITION TARGET: Maine Governor Janet T Mills

Abducted from home, tortured, killed, wrapped in plastic and dumped like garbage. This terrifying ordeal is what poor Franky, a Boston terrier pug mix, suffered last year in Winter Harbor, Maine.

Imagine if that was your beloved pet, and the perpetrator who carried out such a horrific attack got away without being punished for their awful crime?

Unfortunately, many animal abuse cases are settled or dismissed, meaning the perpetrators are never prosecuted — but a court-appointed advocate could make all the difference.

If a new law proposed by Maine State Representative Donna Bailey (D- Saco) passes, abused and neglected animals could have their interests represented in court, making it more likely that justice would be served.

The legislation, dubbed ‘Franky’s Law’, would let court-appointed advocates (volunteer lawyers and law students) give their time for free to defend the tormented animals involved in cruelty cases.

This new bill – LD 1442, An Act to Provide for Court-appointed Advocates for Justice in Animal Cruelty Cases – would help ensure animal abusers are fully prosecuted for their inhumane crimes.

Sign the petition to press the Maine Governor Janet T Mills, to fully support and work to pass bill LD 1442, and make sure those who commit senseless acts of violence on defenseless animals like Franky get the punishment they deserve.