Humane Society recognizes Lexington state representative

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Representative Cherlynn Stevenson (D-Lexington) has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with the 2021 Humane Legislator Award for her leadership on animal protection issues

Stevenson was a strong proponent of House Bill 100 and other animal protection bills during Kentucky’s 2021 legislative session. HB 100 would have established a new “cost of care” law in Kentucky, which would permit law enforcement and animal control agencies to petition a court to require that the owner of an animal lawfully seized as part of an animal cruelty case pay the ongoing costs of the animal’s care until the case is resolved.

“I am honored to receive this award and remain committed to increasing animal protections in Kentucky,” said Stevenson. “I’m proud that we improved our state ranking for animal welfare after passing the veterinarian reporting bill (SB 21) in 2020 and am determined to keep moving us up the list.”

“Rep. Stevenson continues to be a true champion for the animals,” said Todd Blevins, Kentucky State Director for the HSUS. “She was instrumental in securing the bipartisan support of several of her colleagues on HB 100. With Rep. Stevenson’s leadership, we are confident HB 100 and other animal protection bills will become law in future sessions.”

In addition to promoting HB 100, Stevenson also introduced legislation to assist animals in hot vehicles and was a co-sponsor of House Bill 26, which would have provided additional protections for animals in domestic violence situations, and House Bill 57, which would have upgraded the state’s animal torture law and was subsequently named Ethan’s Law after Kentucky Humane Society resident Ethan.

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