(ANIMAL LAWS) Oftentimes it seems like animal abusers don’t suffer any consequences for their actions. But the state of Pennsylvania is making sure that those who mistreat animals pay an actual price. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill titled HB 82 which declares that the cost of seized animals will be provided for by those they were taken away from. This should be a great relief to animal rescues and shelters who, up until now, had to pay great sums of money from their own funds to care for seized animals. Hopefully other states will follow. Read on to find out more details about this important new bill. — Global Animal
Ecorazzi, Allyson Koerner
The state of Pennsylvania recently passed a bill that punishes animal abusers, and rightfully so.
According to Life With Dogs, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved the bill titled HB 82 that states, “An act providing for actions for costs of care of seized animals.”
If, and hopefully, passed by the State Senate, the Cost of Care bill will benefit animal shelters, which become extremely financially overwhelmed with taking in many of these abused animals. The current law holds that animal rescue centers pay out of their own pockets thousands of dollars to care for the animals that come in.
“This legislation protects defendants, animal shelters and the animals by providing an avenue for both parties to meet before a judge immediately after seizure and determine responsibility for the animals,” Law With Dogs explains.
The Humane Society of the United States, other animal organizations and animal lovers are urging the State Senate to pass the bill into law. Unfortunately, the bill already failed to pass in 2012.
“Pennsylvania’s non-profit animal shelters bear an enormous burden in caring for abused animals which must be held as evidence until trial,” Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS, said.
“This legislation gives shelters an opportunity to prove to a court before trial that the seizure was necessary and require the alleged abuser pay the costs to care for these animals pending trial, which both ensures that shelters will be able to continue their vital work and provide an incentive for a speedy trial,” Speed continued.