Governor signs bill toughening animal cruelty laws

posted by @JammminJessie - 

History was made tonight..FINALLY.

PA was WAY behind in the times when it came to prosecuting those in severe cases of animal neglect...

Governor Tom Wolf, along w/ State Representative Todd Stephens and Senator Richard Alloway signed the Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul Bill (also known as "Libre's Law")

Via Lancaster Online:

With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday strengthened the laws in Pennsylvania protecting animals from abuse.

Wolf signed the law at 1:20 p.m. during a celebration of legislators and animal-rights advocates in Harrisburg.

Moments later, Libre — the Lancaster County puppy whose suffering last year sparked a push for tougher animal-cruelty laws in the state — affixed an inky pawprint to his namesake legislation.

Libre was rescued from a near-death situation in July 2016 from a Quarryville-area farm, sparking international outrage and motivating state lawmakers to craft new protections for animals.

Libre’s Law, a package of several statutes, will take effect in 60 days.

Governor Wolf Said: "Today we are sending a clear message that Pennsylvania will not tolerate animal cruelty in our state and will punish offenders to the fullest extent of the law," Rep. Todd Stephens said. "This is the most comprehensive animal protection bill in the Commonwealth's history and would not have been possible without the determined efforts of my colleagues in the House and Senate, the Governor and the thousands of advocates who contacted their elected officials expressing their support for the bill."

It is SO SO SO important to contact your elected officials and have your voice be heard.

Read more here via 6abc


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