“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.