Representative Todd Stephens’ Animal Cruelty Statute Overhaul, also known as HB 1238 (now Act 10 of 2017), is effective as of today, Monday, August 28th! This marks the first significant strengthening of Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty and neglect laws in almost 30 years! Governor Tom Wolf’s support for this landmark legislation sends a strong message to Pennsylvanians that “there is no room for animal cruelty in the Commonwealth.”
As a reminder – Pennsylvania now requires:
- Mandatory forfeiture, introduced by Representative Ryan Bizzarro — requiring that after an animal abuser is convicted, the animal be forfeited to an animal shelter.
- Libre’s Law, introduced by Senator Alloway — increasing penalties for heinous animal abuse.
- Cordelia’s Law, introduced by Senator Eichelberger — adding protections for horses.
- Anti-Tethering stipulations — limiting continuous chaining of dogs.
- Civil immunity for veterinarians, introduced by Representative Mark Keller, and Representative Frank Farry’s immunity for humane society police officers — preventing frivolous lawsuits against these professionals when reporting animal cruelty in good faith.
To mark the importance of this date for animals, we celebrate with the many advocates and legislators who persevered for this victory. Each and every one of you inspires our continuous advocacy for animals!