Tell Maine Reps: Make Animal Cruelty A Felony!

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As of January, 2019, a bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make animal cruelty a federal felony.  Please sign this petition to let our representatives in Congress and the Senate know that the people of Maine support this legislation!

The Preventing Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act closes a loophole in a 2010 law, which only punishes abuse recorded by video, so that animal abusers face up to seven years in prison.  This bill has been introduced in the past to strong bi-partisan support, but was blocked by former Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R, VA), who is no longer in Congress.  Please sign the petition to tell our representatives we support this effort to create stronger federal laws to protect animals!

Although Maine does not use "misdemeanor" vs "felony" language, a misdemeanor is considered any sentence with less than a year in jail.  Did you know that in Maine, "Cruelty to Animals" is only a Class D crime, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2000 fine?  "Aggravated Cruelty to Animals," defined as cruelty to animals "in a manner manifesting a depraved indifference to animal life or suffering," is only a Class C crime, punishable by up to 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.  According to a report by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, these charges are actually considered some of the strongest animal protection laws in the county.  


Pittie Posse Rescue is an all-volunteer, Maine-based nonprofit that believes rescue is only one part of the solution.  Based out of Saco, we rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out dogs throughout the state and from high-kill shelters in the south.  We go a step further than most rescues: we promote responsible dog ownership through public education, spay and neuter programs, and low and no-cost training assistance to owners considering giving up their pets to reduce surrender rates.  

We work with a large number of dogs who fit under the “pit bull” category--a broad range and mix of breeds typically used to describe any muscular, stocky, short-haired dog.  “Pit-bull”-type dogs in shelters are at extremely high risk: according to the ASPCA, they make up 40% of shelter euthanasia each year. We are aware of the stigma surrounding “pitties” and are dedicated to ensuring they are set up for success.  We provide ongoing training for our fosters and adopters, stringently vet applicants for adoption, and are deliberate and thoughtful about placement. We remain a part of the dog’s life after adoptions--providing a close knit community with peer support and guidance.  For more information, visit us at