Governor Wolf Invites Public to Attend Animal Protection Overhaul Bill Signing

June 27, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf encouraged members of the public to attend a celebration and bill signing for HB 1238, the animal protection and abuse overhaul that updates and clarifies the existing animals abuse statutes and increases the penalties for abusing animals. The event will begin June 28 at 12:30 PM with a special canine advocate “meet and greet” with the official bill signing to follow at 1:00 PM and will take place on the lawn outside the Capitol Building at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street.

“Tomorrow is an opportunity for all Pennsylvanians, and animal-lovers everywhere, to celebrate as we officially overhaul the outdated animal abuse laws in the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “This landmark legislation made it to my desk in large part to the dedication and hard work of the public and I truly hope to see every supporter out for the rally.”

Starting at 12:30 PM, several special canine advocate guests will be available to mingle with throughout the celebration. Attendees will be able to meet and interact with the following dogs representing the rescue and abuse components of HB 1238:

  • Libre, the rescued dog and canine lobbyist who inspired Libre’s Law;
  • Aladdin, a rescued dog who now serves as a certified therapy and crisis response dog and is a nationally known ambassador for anti-animal cruelty efforts;
  • Cranberry, an abused dog left for dead, now an ambassador for the abused and neglected;
  • Summit, a dog that lost a leg due to cruelty and ambassador for anti-animal cruelty efforts;
  • Bulmers, Representative Frank Farry’s civic-minded pup, the “PA Capitol Dog”

The overhaul bill includes:

  • Mandatory Forfeiture, requires that after an animal abuser is convicted, the victims of that abuse will be forfeited to an animal shelter
  • Libre’s Law, increased penalties for heinous animal abuse
  • Cordelia’s Law, added protections for horses
  • Tethering stipulations
  • Civil immunity provided for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and humane society police officers to prevent frivolous lawsuits against these professionals when reporting animal cruelty in good faith
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