Senators Alloway, Dinniman Announce Pet Protection
Package to Prevent Animal Cruelty
HARRISBURG – Senators Rich Alloway II (R-33) and Andy
Dinniman (D-19) unveiled a package of bills today that would protect pets
against animal cruelty.
The five-bill package is designed to ensure a safe
environment for pets both before and after they are adopted by families.
“Pets offer their owners a never-ending stream of love and
companionship that has direct impact on our mood, health and overall quality of
life,” Alloway said. “The purpose of these bills is to ensure these cherished
members of our families are never subjected to cruel or inhumane treatment at
any stage of their lives.”
“This legislative package marks an important step forward
for dogs, cats and other pets in Pennsylvania as we continue to work to ensure
that they are treated properly, humanely and with the care and attention they
deserve,” Dinniman said. “We are committed to working in the spirit of
bipartisanship to see these bills passed because our pets are beloved members
of our families.”
The package includes:
Senate Bill 522 (Alloway), which sets standards for
tethering dogs in relation to the length, safety and fit of the tether, as well
as the availability of food, water, shade and suitable temperature.
Senate Bill 862 (Dinniman), which would amend the
Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to allow therapy dogs on public
transportation, including buses and trains.
Senate Bill 863 (Dinniman), which would add a section
to Pennsylvania’s Animal Cruelty Law to specifically address when animals are
injured or killed in a domestic violence situation.
Senate Bill 718 (McIlhinney), which would allow all
Dog Law fines and penalties collected to remain in the Dog Law Restricted
Account to help toward sustaining the operations of the Office of Dog Law
Senate Bill 1107 (Alloway), which would prevent
kennel owners who lose their license due to violations of the state’s Dog Law
to continue operating by having a license issued to an immediate family member
or another individual who resides at the same address.
The senators announced the Pet Protection Package during a
press conference that coincides with Adopt a Shelter Pet Week in Pennsylvania,
which runs from October 20-26. The press conference was followed by a Bring
Your Dog to Harrisburg rally on the Capitol steps that included pet owners and
animals from communities throughout the state.