Support Stricter Animal Cruelty Laws


Target: Richard “Bud” Armstrong, Knox County Law Director

Goal: Support a more stringent animal cruelty ordinance to ensure the safety of county residents’ pets.

Recently, a Knoxville resident made a push to pass an animal welfare ordinance that would more explicitly define animal cruelty regulations in the county of Knox. The current Tennessee state laws on animal cruelty are very vague and allow room for pet owners to get away with animal cruelty. In the current laws, the definition of “adequate shelter” is not clearly defined, and pets may still get neglected and suffer temperature extremes at the hands of their owners.

Brooks Brown, the man responsible for establishing the proposed ordinance, first started taking action on this issue when he observed a neighbor’s pet dog left outside in freezing temperatures. Since then, Brown started an online petition calling for a more explicit definition of “adequate shelter” for pets and a penalty and/or removal of the pet from the owner’s property should the owner be found guilty of pet mistreatment.

Please sign the petition below to urge the County Law Director of Knoxville, Tennessee, to pass the animal cruelty ordinance to ensure that canine and feline pets are being protected by the law. The current animal cruelty laws of the state are not defined well enough to protect pets from suffering in inadequate shelter conditions.


Dear Richard Armstrong,

The current Tennessee state laws regarding acts of animal cruelty are a bit vague and leave much leniency for perpetrators of animal cruelty. Pet owners are able to get away with atrocities such as leaving their dogs out in freezing temperatures during the winter and in the scorching hot during the warmer periods of the year. Brooks Brown, a resident of Knoxville, recognized the need for a revision to the laws in the County after observing his neighbor’s dog left alone outside to endure the freezing cold. Calling for a more explicitly stated definition for “adequate shelter” for pets may help reduce the struggles that pets may experience, and hold pet owners more accountable for the welfare of their pets.

Please read through and pass the animal welfare ordinance that Brooks Brown initiated, to ensure that animals are protected by the law. The current animal cruelty laws defining “adequate shelter” is too vague and does not actually result in much in terms of protecting pet animals from extreme temperatures. The animals that are suffering need your help.


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  1. Bina pannell says:

    I have never understood why people keep animals only to abuse or neglect them. Either don’t have them in the first place, or if they realise they’d made a mistake, take the poor animal to a shelter, a vet’s or any number of animal refuges and leave them there.
    What does it take for heaven’s sake!!!

  2. Animal abuse laws and punishments should mirror child abuse laws and punishments

  3. Anyone that is cruel or abuses an animal should get either jail or hanged, and never in their lifetime be able to own another pet¨!!!!!

  4. Our animals MUST be protected by people who care!

    If we don’t protect our animals, who will?

    Our govt., our authorities, MUST reflect the will, the wants and needs, of its citizens!

    Animals are members of the family.

    Animals whether adopted out or not, have rights!

  5. Our current judicial system’s animal cruelty laws are a joke. This is why there are so many stories ~ seems daily ~ about animal abusers continuing to abuse helpless animals. As a civilized nation we owe it to our animal friends to defend them at all costs. If someone is guilty of abusing, torturing, murdering a helpless animal, he / she must face the same consequences as if they have murdered a human child. Our pets are family members and must be treated as such, by owners and the judicial system alike. Please strengthen these laws so that animal abusers will be properly punished for their heinous crimes !!! Thanks!

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