Maryland Bills Would Authorize Law Enforcement to Recover Costs of Care from Owners of Seized Animals

Maryland Senate Bill 877, cross-filed with House Bill 1062, would establish procedures for the authorization of certain police officers, humane law enforcement officers, or other public officials to recover reasonable costs of care from the owner or custodian of a seized animal. The provisions would exempt poultry, livestock, and herding dogs from provisions for seizure unless recommended by a veterinarian. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Judicial Proceedings.