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“Ponce’s Law” (Florida)

Published: August 30, 2021 at 07:08 AM Author: Penny Eims

In 2017, Travis Archer beat his Labrador retriever puppy, Ponce, so savagely that Ponce died. The attack was so brutal that a law was enacted in the puppy’s name.

It was Debbie Darino, the local animal abuse-fighting activist who lobbied Florida lawmakers to pass Ponce’s Law.

While Ponce’s Law has helped strengthen punishments for animal abuse-related crimes, it has a weak spot that has allowed this monster to have the opportunity to own, and possibly abuse, a pet again.

In December 2020, a Florida court overturned Archer’s lifetime ban on pet ownership – claiming that the ban could not extend beyond the three years of his probation.

Animal Victory created a petition demanding Ponce’s Law to be revised to include a lifetime pet ownership ban for all convicted animal abusers.

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