Senators Call For Additional Study of Measures to Combat Animal Cruelty

Senator John Rafferty (R-44) and Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 in the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.

The Senators will call for the introduction of a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to establish an Animal Abuse Prevention Task Force composed of professional experts and organizations charged with the responsibility of analyzing current laws throughout the nation that seek to reduce instances of animal cruelty and abuse and report its findings and recommendations to the Senate.

Alloway and Rafferty said that task force would build on current efforts to combat animal cruelty, including Senate Bill 1372.

That measure would change the existing statute pertaining to animal cruelty to bring Pennsylvania in line with the majority of other states in the country by increasing penalties for certain crimes against animals. It also adds a new classification for offenders who cause the death or serious bodily injury of an animal. Violators could be found guilty of a third-degree felony.

The legislation was inspired by the story of Libre, a 4-month-old Boston terrier who was rescued in July from a Lancaster County farm after suffering from weeks of severe neglect.

CONTACT: Ryan Boop – Senator Rafferty – (717) 787-1398