To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to civil forfeitures relating to certain seized animals.

Introduced in House
Help Extract Animals from Red Tape Act of 2017 or the HEART Act of 2017

 This bill amends the federal criminal code to modify the notice period in civil
forfeiture proceedings that involve the seizure of an animal involved in animal

It requires the government to send notice of the seizure to interested parties
within 30 days (currently, 60 days). The notice period may be extended only if a
delay is warranted after considering certain factors, including the cost to the
government of providing shelter for the animal, the health of the animal and the
effect of a delay on its rehabilitation, and any increased risk that a delay
could necessitate the euthanasia of the animal.

The bill amends the federal judicial code to authorize the Department of Justice
to use amounts from the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund to pay for
costs associated with a seized animal, including transportation, shelter, care,
veterinary services, and humane euthanasia.



  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

    Feb 6th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

    Jan 10th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 10th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 10th, 2017