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 human protection issues. animals
Stevenson was a strong supporter of House Bill 100 and other animal welfare bills in the Kentucky 2021 legislative session. HB 100 is said to have established a new “cost of care” law in Kentucky that would allow law enforcement and agencies pet control to ask a court to require the owner of an animal lawfully seized in an animal cruelty case to pay the ongoing costs. care for the animal until the case is resolved.
“I am honored to receive this award and remain committed to increasing animal welfare in Kentucky,” Stevenson said. “I am proud that we have improved our national ranking for animal welfare after passing the Veterinary Reporting Bill (SB 21) in 2020 and I’m determined to keep moving us up the list.
“Representative. Stevenson continues to be a true champion for the animals,” said Todd Blevins, Kentucky State Director for the HSUS. “She was instrumental in securing bipartisan support from many of her colleagues on HB 100. With the leadership of Representative Stevenson, we are confident that HB 100 and other animal welfare bills will become law in future sessions.
In addition to promoting HB 100, Stevenson also introduced legislation to help animals in hot vehicles and was a co-sponsor of House Bill 26, which is said to have provided additional protections for animals in domestic violence situations, and House Bill 57, which is said to have improved the state’s animal torture law and was later named Ethan’s Law in honor of Ethan, a resident of the Kentucky Humane Society.