Help the Helpless
  • Petitioned Pennsylvania State Legislature

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Pennsylvania State Legislature

Help the Helpless

    1. Glenda Coughenour
    2. Petition by

      Glenda Coughenour

      Butler, PA

Pennsylvania State law currently gives only a "slap on the hand" to anyone who abuses, neglects or in any way harms an animal.
(1) A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if he willfully and maliciously:
(i) Kills, maims or disfigures any domestic animal of another person or any domestic fowl of another person.
(ii) Administers poison to or exposes any poisonous substance with the intent to administer such poison to any domestic animal of another person or domestic fowl of another person.
(iii) Harasses, annoys, injures, attempts to injure, molests or interferes with a dog guide for an individual who is blind, a hearing dog for an individual who is deaf or audibly impaired or a service dog for an individual who is physically limited.
Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this paragraph shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $500.
Humane Officers’ hands are tied in trying to get justice for cruelty cases across the Commonwealth. Police officers have no laws to follow to appropriately punish those who intentionally neglect and abuse.
This law is to be called "Northstar's Law" when changed in honor of a horse named Northstar who was drenched in fire accelerant and set on fire in his own pasture. The perpetrators of this crime, if found, will only be charged with a misdemeanor and allowed to go free to continue to abuse innocent animals.

Help us to change this law by signing this petition. We and the animals of Pennsylvania, thank you

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Oliver TALLASSEE, AL
      • 8 months ago

      All animals are important to me, I feel we acquire these pets for ourselves and they need to be taken care of and loved. Any person capable of treating their anilmals like this should be prosecuted to the fullest exent and that should be a felony charge and laws need to be changed to make it a felony!

    • Melody Miller RYE BROOK, NY
      • 8 months ago

      care about safety of animals

    • Jann Lutterman SALT LAKE, UT
      • 12 months ago

      I have dogs, cats, and horses, all rescues. I can't imagine anyone wanting to harm a living, beautiful animal. I'm so angry that the laws are so lax when it comes to animal abuse. The laws need to be changed and made so harsh that even the thought of harming would be a deterent. It's proven those that abuse, harm, or kill animals go on to kill humans. Stop the abuse and strengthen the laws against animal abuse!!!!! God help us all if you don't.

    • rhonda orenish LANCASTER, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I feel they can not speel for themselves and being a animal lover this has to stop.

    • Barbara Hood MEADVILLE, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I love animals and I don't want to see any of them hurt


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