FOR PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS ONLY PLEASE.
Angel's Law would increase the grading for all summary offenses relating to animal cruelty to misdemeanor offenses. This would allow law enforcement to ensure that all offenders are processed through the criminal justice system in a manner that allows us to properly monitor animal cruelty perpetrators throughout the commonwealth.
The bill also gives police officers and humane society officers the tools they need to charge those who commit acts of animal abuse.
A note from Representative Dom Costa,
Animal Cruelty Legislation - Angel's Law:
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to strengthen our animal cruelty laws. Animal cruelty is a horrific crime and I believe that as lawmakers we have an obligation to enact meaningful protections for animals and ensure perpetrators are prosecuted and penalized.
Specifically, my legislation amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) Pa. C.S. to raise the grading for all summary offenses under Section 5511 (Cruelty to Animals) to a misdemeanor of the third degree. In addition, my legislation raises the grading for the offense of killing, maiming or disfiguring a domestic animal or fowl from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a misdemeanor of the first degree. Subsequent offenses for killing, maiming or disfiguring a domestic animal or fowl would result in a felony of the third degree.
By increasing summary offenses to misdemeanor offenses, I believe we can better ensure that all offenders are processed through the criminal justice system in a way that will enable us to properly monitor animal cruelty perpetrators in the Commonwealth.
We must do our part and put an end to animal cruelty and I believe that starts with increasing penalties for animal cruelty and maintaining accurate records of these heinous offenses. If you would like to join me in sponsoring this important legislation, please contact Maribel Echevarria at 783-9114 or e-mail MEchevar@pahouse.net.
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