Rep. Milroy Reintroducing "Windchill's Law"

By KBJR News 1

Rep. Milroy Reintroducing "Windchill's Law"

February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- After Windchill's Law was dropped because of the end of the Senate legislative session last year, State Representative Nick Milroy (D - South Range) with the help of State Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi), is trying to bring life back to a bill to protect abused animals.

Windchill's Law was originally started by a grassroots movement called Windchill's Legacy, in honor of a 9 month old colt from Douglas County who died because of neglect and abuse.

The colt, named Windchill, was found malnourished, covered in ice and snow in 40 to 55 degree below zero temperatures, and unable to stand. Windchill died 20 days after authorities recovered the abused colt.

The couple boarding the colt was charged with animal negligence.

Windchill's Law proposes that "great bodily harm" be added to the animal cruelty provision that covers intentional mutilation, disfigurement or death of an animal. The law would also clarify the abandonment statute, add a new definition to water, expand the number of years that a violator is banned from owning an animal from 5 to 10 years, and allow the court to order a psychological assessment, anger management counseling or psychological counseling for violators who are found guilty and sentenced.

Representative Milroy is hoping with bipartisanship in the legislature, Windchill's Law will pass.

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