Dear Senator, I am urging you to remove horses and horse stabling facilities from your SB 945. The restrictions it would place on stabling facilities would be enough to cripple most facilities as the upgrades needed to comply with the law would be financially impossible. As a rule, horse boarding facilities do not make much profit off of the use of the facilities. Profit is usually made through support businesses, such as training and exercising of horses. Most facilities contract these businesses instead of supplying them, so they are effectively only able to stay in business by virtue of having facilities that are affordable to the contractees. This bill would raise the cost of use of the facilities beyond what most contractees would be able to afford to pay. For example, in your bill the materials required for use in enclosures would exclude wood. I can't even imagine the added costs placed on 100% of existing facilities if they are not allowed to build shelters and barns with wood. I believe there is good intention behind the bill, but a fine of $250 effectively negates those good intentions. Please rework this bill to exclude horses and horse stabling practices and facilities, or the number of abandoned and neglected horses will skyrocket as stables close down without notice and injured parties will take little solace from the $250 fine placed as value on the damage done to their horses. I urge you to please remove horses and horse facilities from this bill. Thank you very much for your consideration of my plea.
Note, I am not against the bill as it pertains to cat and dog and other small pets. I don't think those would be as adversely affected and it would certainly give animal control more teeth to remove hoarders and puppy mills from the system. My interest is in protecting horse facilities, whom I believe would be greatly harmed by the bill.
(btw, I don't know if "contractees" is the right word to use there or not, but it was all I could think of in the moment. LOL)
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