Governor Wolf Visits Humane Society of Harrisburg to Discuss New Animal Cruelty Laws Before Effective Date

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined advocates at the Humane Society of Harrisburg to remind the public that Act 10 of 2017 goes into effect on Monday, August 28, 2017. Act 10, which strengthens Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws, was signed into law in June 2017.

“Less than a week from today the Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul goes into effect. On Monday, those who would subject animals to this kind of mistreatment will face stiffer penalties for these deplorable actions and they will think twice before committing such terrible acts,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This law has been a long time coming. I am proud that we will now hold our pet and animal owner to a higher standard of humanity in how the treat their animals. I want to thank all our partners for their work in making this law possible.”

Governor Wolf signed the package of bills, which includes Libre’s Law, earlier this summer. The five key components of the legislation are improved tethering stipulations and conditions for outside dogs, added protections for horses, increased penalties for animal abuse, ensuring convicted animal abusers forfeit abused animals to a shelter, and civil immunity for veterinarians and veterinary technicians

“It is with great pleasure to state that there is no room for animal cruelty in the Commonwealth, as evident by Governor Tom Wolf signing Act 10 of 2017 into law,” said Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania state director of the Humane Society of the United States. “HB 1238, inspired by our main man Libre, is effective as of August 28. To mark the importance of this day 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,”

Act 10 was introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens, who was also on site for today’s event.