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Libre's law strengthens animal cruelty laws in PA; Second day of Gettysburg

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 23, 2017 8:58 AM


Photo by Katie Meyers/WITF

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, June 23, 2017:

Last year, a four-month-old Boston Terrier was found abandoned and near death at a Lancaster County breeding facility. The pup was rescued and named "Libre."  Libre's recovery garnered international attention via social media.  His poor condition got so much attention that it initiated an upsurge in awareness surrounding animal cruelty laws in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania is one of last three states to pass a law with felony statutes for animal abuse. As of now, even the most severe cases of animal abuse fall into the same category of other minor crimes such as loitering and speeding.

This past Tuesday the Senate voted unanimously to pass "Libre's Law," taking a step towards increasing penalties for animal cruelty, and classifying the levels of neglect and abuse in Pennsylvania. It would allow the state to crack down on animal cruelty and crimes, also making it easier to identify offenders who may be more likely to commit crimes against humans.

Governor Tom Wolf has pledged to sign the legislation, marking the most significant advancement in animal abuse laws in over three decades.

Friday's Smart Talk features Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania's state director of the Humane Society of the United States.

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Kristen Tullo

Also on the program is Scott Mingus, co-author of the book The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863.

The story recounts the complexities surrounding the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The narrative details the lesser known story of the northern approach to the battle, a strategy that occurred simultaneously with the more familiar action around Devils Den, the Round Tops and the Wheatfield.

The book focuses on generally skimmed over details of the battle, putting together a comprehensive historical narrative that makes it a great addition to any Civil War buff's library.

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Author Scott Mingus

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