Senate Approves Animal Protection Measures

HARRISBURG – The Senate approved four bills today designed to help prevent animal cruelty, according to Sen. Rich Alloway II (R-33).

The package of bills included Senate Bill 373, legislation Alloway introduced to prevent dogs from being tethered in unsafe conditions, such as weather emergencies or in situations that deprive them of food, water and shelter.

The Senate also passed Alloway’s Senate Bill 78, which prevents serious Dog Law violators from continuing to operate a kennel under a family member’s name.

“Our pets deserve a safe, comfortable environment both before and after they are adopted by loving families,” Alloway said. “Although the vast majority of people would never dream of harming a pet, stiff punishments are still necessary for those few bad apples who abuse defenseless animals. These bills will go a long way toward realizing that goal.”

Senate Bill 594, sponsored by Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), was also approved by the Senate. The measure would levy enhanced penalties for those who injure or kill an animal in a domestic violence situation.

The bills are part of a pet protection package unveiled by Alloway and Dinniman in April.

“When legislators work in a bipartisan manner, we can create effective legislation,” Dinniman said. “I want to thank Senator Alloway for his leadership in this effort. Senator Alloway, Senator Eichelberger, and myself realize that if we treat animals in a humane way, we are more likely to treat each other in a humane way.”

In addition to the bills in the pet protection package, the Senate also passed Senate Bill 294, legislation sponsored by Senator John Eichelberger (R-30) to prevent cruelty to horses. The bill is known as Cordelia’s Law in honor of a horse in Bedford County who died recently due to owner neglect.

The bills were sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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