Pet protection bills unveiled during Adopt a Shelter Pet Week

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 26, 2013 5:35 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A five-bill package to better protect animals has been unveiled at the state Capitol.

The move coincides with Adopt a Shelter Pet Week across the state, which wraps up today.

Senator Rich Alloway is the prime sponsor of two bills. The Adams County Republican says the goal is to ensure a safe environment for pets, before and after adoption.

"This is such an important issue in Pennsylvania, and I truly believe in my heart that we will be judged by how we treat those who are lesser than us, and these animals have no voice, no one to speak for them,” he said from the Senate floor.

One of Alloway’s proposals would set length, fit and other safety standards for tethered dogs.

The other would bar kennel owners, who’ve lost their license under the state’s dog law, from continuing to operate by having a new license issued to an immediate family member. Alloway says it's a loophole in the law that continues to be exploited. Such a case in Lancaster County earned statewide attention in 2011.

Under legislation proposed by state Senator Andy Dinniman of Chester County, anyone subject to a protection from abuse order who tortures a dog or cat owned by the person with the order would face up to a $15,000 fine and two years in jail. 

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