The state of Pennsylvania recently passed a bill that punishes animal abusers. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved the bill titled HB 82 that states, “An act providing for actions for costs of care of seized animals.”
If, and hopefully, passed by the State Senate, the Cost of Care bill will benefit animal shelters, which become extremely financially overwhelmed with taking in many of these abused animals. The current law holds that animal rescue centers pay out of their own pockets thousands of dollars to care for the animals that come in.
“Pennsylvania’s non-profit animal shelters bear an enormous burden in caring for abused animals which must be held as evidence until trial,” Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS, said.