Lutz Reflects on Washington D.C. Visit

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 05:08 PM
Lutz Refelcts on Washington D.C. Visit

Sheriff Lutz is back from Washington D.C. after a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.

Lutz said he was asked about the events that took place last year on October 18th when Terry Thompson released dozens of exotic animals and then killed himself at his Kopchak Road farm.

The animals had to be killed by deputies to protect the public.

Lutz said the long day gave him an opportunity to talk to representatives about the importance of public safety.

"We had a lot of meetings, we had a lot of interviews that day," recalled Lutz. "I was able to sit in on three meetings with two representatives and one with his staff member and then at the end of the day, we gathered in one of the hearing rooms."

In that meeting room, Lutz, along with actress Tippi Hedren and other representatives discussed the importance of the legislation and why it was needed.

While he doesn't expect anything to be passed through congress soon, Lutz said if national laws had been in place, the events of last October could have been avoided.

"There are seven states that are still out there that still don't have any laws and I'm not necessarily about the federal legislation coming in and telling the states what to do," said Lutz, "but I know that if we would have had some federal legislation on the books, and didn't have state laws, we could have done something about the Thompson farm, possibly."

Lutz said the legislation would help authorities track large cats and conduct inspections.

The bill was written and sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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