HARRISBURG – Senator Rich Alloway II (R-33) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Wolf giving his stamp of approval to a historic animal abuse prevention bill, which included provisions of two of Alloway’s pet protection proposals:
“House Bill 1238 is the most significant re-write of Pennsylvania’s animal abuse laws in decades. For too long, animal abusers faced little more than a slap on the wrist for abusing, neglecting or mistreating animals. Passage of this bill means we can slap something more appropriate on their wrists – handcuffs.
“The story of Libre’s shocking mistreatment and miraculous recovery helped spur a broader discussion of how we can better protect animals. The result is a bill that not only toughens penalties against abusers, but also spells out the kind of treatment that is dangerous and unacceptable. Our pets are part of our families and depend on us for their care, so it’s far past time that we ensure abusers face a punishment that matches the heinous nature of the crime.
“I have worked tirelessly on this issue for several years, but the real driving force behind this bill was the army of volunteers and advocates who wrote, called and emailed their Senators and Representatives to demand a safer environment for animals. I deeply appreciate their efforts to ensure any person who abuses or neglects a defenseless animal in Pennsylvania is held responsible for the damage they cause.”
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