Governor and Dog Sign Animal Cruelty Bill

In cities and states all over the United States of America, animals have suffered at the hands of humans who have inflicted pain, neglect, and even abuse on them. Many of these states are working hand in hand with elected officials to pass bills and laws to not only punish those who abuse animals but to also work to prevent this atrocity from happening to other animals.

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, one such elected official took part in a very special ceremony recently with a four legged friend. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and a Boston Terrier dog named Libre both signed a special piece of legislation that is meant to strengthen the state’s laws against animal neglect and abuse. For the governor, he signed the bill with a pen and ink. But Libre the dog had his own spin on things, “signing” the bill with his paw print. However, Libre is not just any dog; he is a survivor of animal abuse and neglect.

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Libre was rescued some time ago, from a home where he was suffering from very severe neglect due to starvation and lack of medical care. He was removed from the situation and nursed back to health by a rescue organization in Pennsylvania. Libre’s presence at the bill signing was a true sign of change in the state, which is only one of three states in the United States that did not have a felony statute for animal abuse.

After the signing, this new law establishes a felony offense for charges of aggravated animal abuse. This means that offenders will face much harsher punishments when convicted of the offense in the state of Pennsylvania. The law also states that if and when an owner is convicted, their animal must be surrendered to a local shelter. A true win for animals, dogs, and the people who love them everywhere!

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