Governor Wolf To Sign Animal Abuse Bill

COOPER TOWNSHIP -- It was a special day for Pepper, a terrier/pit bull mix, and other animals at the Pennsylvania SPCA Center just outside of Danville.

Workers are celebrating a milestone of 150 years of taking care of animals and a new law that would create stiffer penalties for animal abuse certainly was the icing on the cake.

“We are going to be able to add more teeth to the statue for officers to enforce it in a better way. In a way that is more consistent on how people feel about their animals and the way society wants to see their animals be treated,” said Nicole Wilson, a humane officer.

The soon to be law better known as the "Libre's Law" was named after Libre, a rescued Boston Terrier. Back in 2016, Libre was rescued from a farm in Lancaster County, malnourished and in bad shape.

The bill would mean stiffer penalties for those who mistreat animals like Pepper, who was emaciated and left alone.

Under the new law, neglect and cruelty would carry 90-day jail sentences and hundreds of dollars in fines.  Those convicted of torturing animals could face up to seven years in jail and a $15,000 fine.

“It’s one of those things that is going to help us continue our mission for another 150 years hopefully we are at a point that we work ourselves out of business,” Carlee Fiddes.

Nicole Wilson says with the governor's signature this sends a loud message to those that choose to abuse animals.

“We not only love our animals but it's beyond that. There is a basic level of care that any living creature deserves to have and this is the legislature, the Senate standing up and saying, 'We are now providing you with the tools to make it happen,'” said Wilson.

A spokesperson from the governor’s office says Governor Wolf is expected to sign the bill into law next week.

17 comments

  • Roy

    Only wish our Governor had the same sediment for killing of unborn babies! Since when do we value animals lives more then humans? God addresses this subject in the Book of Romans. But then again, people like our Governor could care less what the Word of God says on such matters! True we should treat animals well, but human life is even more valuable. Murdering babies in the womb is the ultimate worse abuse of life!

  • Weisbier

    I have no problem with an bill written to protect anything that has no voice from being tortured and abused.

    I am also anxious to see when pedophiles and negligent/abusive parents will face harsh consequences for their actions. Neither children nor animals have legal voices and they are at the mercy of the actions and decisions of some really depraved individuals.

    • no booze for me

      Here is how I feel about that. First came the Bars, next the state stores, then sales on Sunday, now the grocery stores and gas stations. Less booze would mean less accidents. They want you to drink and drive because a dui gets the state big bucks.

    • think positive

      I’m with the stiffer animal abuse penalty because anybody who can abuse an innocent creature deserves what they have coming. But I also wish there were some groundbreaking new laws which make it terrifying for a pedophile to even “think” about harming or molesting a child.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    What a lame duck governor. He’s Pennsylvania’a version of Obama.

    Taking action, but not actually doing anything.

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