Pennsylvania House of Representatives passes bill forcing abusers to pay care for seized animals
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals, Causes.

The state of Pennsylvania recently passed a bill that punishes animal abusers, and rightfully so.

According to Life With Dogs, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved the bill titled HB 82 that states, “An act providing for actions for costs of care of seized animals.”

If, and hopefully, passed by the State Senate, the Cost of Care bill will benefit animal shelters, which become extremely financially overwhelmed with taking in many of these abused animals. The current law holds that animal rescue centers pay out of their own pockets thousands of dollars to care for the animals that come in.

“This legislation protects defendants, animal shelters and the animals by providing an avenue for both parties to meet before a judge immediately after seizure and determine responsibility for the animals,” Law With Dogs explains.

The Humane Society of the United States, other animal organizations and animal lovers are urging the State Senate to pass the bill into law. Unfortunately, the bill already failed to pass in 2012.

“Pennsylvania’s non-profit animal shelters bear an enormous burden in caring for abused animals which must be held as evidence until trial,” Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS, said.

“This legislation gives shelters an opportunity to prove to a court before trial that the seizure was necessary and require the alleged abuser pay the costs to care for these animals pending trial, which both ensures that shelters will be able to continue their vital work and provide an incentive for a speedy trial,” Speed continued.

To read the full bill, click here.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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