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Pet Protection Package
It is time to strengthen the penalties for animal cruelty and for the Commonwealth to recognize pets as cherished members of our families rather than mere agricultural commodities.
State Senator Andy Dinniman and state Senator Rich Alloway recently teamed up to introduce a bipartisan package of Pet Protection Legislation.
The legislative package would, among other things, increase the penalties for animal cruelty, prohibit keeping a dog tied up all day in all weather conditions, and ensure the proper funding of the state office that inspects commercial kennels.
The bills are as follows:
- Senate Bill 78 (Senator Alloway), which would prevent kennel owners who lose their license due to violations of the state’s Dog Law to continue operating by having a license issued to an immediate family member or another individual who resides at the same address.
- Senate Bill 373 (Senator Alloway), which sets standards for tethering dogs in relation to the length, safety and fit of the tether, as well as the availability of food, water, shade and suitable temperature.
- Senate Bill 573 (Senator McIlhinney), which would allow all Dog Law fines and penalties collected to remain in the Dog Law Restricted Account to help sustain the operations of the Office of Dog Law Enforcement.
- Senate Bill 594 (Senator Dinniman), which would add a section to Pennsylvania’s Animal Cruelty Law to specifically address when animals are injured or killed in a domestic violence situation.
- Senate Bill 640 (Senator Dinniman), which would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to allow therapy dogs on public transportation, including buses and trains.
- Senate Bill 722 (Senator Alloway), which directs PennDOT to develop a Spay/Neuter specialty license plate to help fund shelters and humane organizations that offer veterinary clinics for such programs.
- Senate Resolution 57 (Senator Dinniman), which directs the Joint State Government Commission to study how to better inform state residents of animal-control responsibilities.
We need your help to contact members of the Senate and the House and ask them to support this legislation. Together, let’s show Harrisburg just how much the humane treatment of our dogs, cats and other animals means to us.