Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PA Senate Passes Libre's Law to Stiffen Animal Cruelty Penalties

On Tuesday, The Pennsylvania Senate voted and passed Libre's Law that would make it a felony to abuse animals in Pennsylvania.

Libre’s Law would stiffen the penalties for people found to neglect or abuse animals.

If violators are found guilty of aggravated cruelty, they could face seven years in jail.

The bill came close to passing the legislature last year but ran out of time and the session ended.

Libre's Law wasintroduced in 2016, and is named after the dog Libre, who was rescued from a Southern Lancaster County farm, suffering from a severe case of neglect.

Libre's Law, House Bill 1238, sets up stiffer penalties for people found guilty of animal neglect and cruelty. The penalties can range anywhere from 90 days in jail and a $300 fine to aggravated cruelty which could land someone in prison for up to seven years and also a $15,000 fine.

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for a vote.
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