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