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Reform Pennsylvania Animal Cruelty Laws

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Every day domestic animals (cats, dogs etc.) are abused or killed in the state of Pennsylvania. A lot of these cases go unnoticed by the public. Yet, animal abusers (convicted and not convicted) walk and live among our communities without us knowing because our state government lacks resources in this area. We want and need a system similar to The Child Abuse Registry. We could call it "The Animal Abuse Registry" and implement a system around convicted animal abusers. This system could keep records of convicted abusers and allow the public to know who they are by using a website and/or app for smart phones. This would not only inform the community but they could take action by keeping their animals away from these convicted animal abusers. Also, this would prevent future convicted animal abusers from ever owning or adopting animals in the state of Pennsylvania. Harsh fines and sentencing could and should be reformed into the law if they are caught owning or coming into contact with any domestic (cats, dogs etc.) animal. This system could help local and state agencies use this system to help unsolved animal cases or even discover leads to other criminal activity. Right now, as of today animal cruelty to domestic animals (dogs, cats etc.) is considered a misdemeanor in the state of Pennsylvania. The convicted animal abusers are fined for less than $500 in most cases. Other sections of the law can issue a maximum fine of $1,000 and sentence the convicted animal abusers to a maximum of 2 years in prison.


"§ 5511. Cruelty to animals

(a) Killing, maiming or poisoning domestic animals or zoo animals, etc.–

(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."


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A pathetic fine won't solve this issue in our state nor will it bring the animal abusers to justice. This law needs to be reformed for all domestic animals (cats, dogs etc.) living here in the state Pennsylvania. Animal cruelty to zoo animals is considered a felony. This is the only positive impact this law has currently. Why must domestic animals (cats, dogs etc.) that are part of our family and whom we love dearly be looked at differently? Animal cruelty has been going on far to long in the State of Pennsylvania because our laws are not strict and are injustice. We the people want change and protection for all domestic (cats, dogs etc.) animals! We want animal abusers to be charged on felony levels and be registered on "The Abuse Animal Registry" if convicted of a crime or crimes against any domestic (cats, dogs etc.) animal in the state of Pennsylvania!




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