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Friday, January 5, 2018

Galeton Borough Police Department Cites New PA Animal Cruelty Laws

Galeton Borough Police Department

The new Pa. law includes the following:

Anyone who knowingly or recklessly abuses, mistreats or neglects an animal will face a citation upon first offense or a misdemeanor for subsequent offenses.

Anyone who commits aggravated animal cruelty that results in serious bodily injury to an animal will face a felony.

Anyone who kills, maims, mutilates, tortures or disfigures a guide dog will be required to pay for veterinary costs or a replacement, in addition to any charges.

New limits to the length of time and conditions during which an unattended dog can be tethered outdoors. A dog cannot be tethered for more than nine hours within a 24-hour period, nor for longer than 30 minutes when temperatures are above 90 degrees or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Violations are punishable by a fine between $200 and $750 and any other expenses, including court, shelter and veterinary costs.

Dogs kept outdoors must be provided with a moisture-proof shelter of adequate size with insulation or shade from heat and cold.

Any conviction of a misdemeanor or felony will result in the surrender of the abused animal to an animal society or association.


Anonymous said...

What is the definition of a 'Guide Dog" & who or what organization or agency certifies these dogs? What kind of identification goes along with the dog? Is it a state, federal or local certification?

Anonymous said...

What a stupid law. You can still abuse your dog while following these restrictions and you are fine legally, but if you are taking care of your animals but violate one of the arbitrary restrictions then suddenly it is considered abuse legally.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who leaves a dog outside in this weather is a creep. It's too cold. Bring them in!!

Anonymous said...

Guide dogs are trained to assist someone with a physical disability. They are protected under the ADA act. They assist blind and handicapped people so they can function a "normal" life. ESA (Emotional Support Animals) are not trained to perform tasks like Guide Dogs and are not protected in the same manner. So many people have ESA dogs and try to pan them off as Guide dogs.

Anonymous said...

Nice law..... BUT sadly no one enforces them ☹

Linda said...

Ditto on the 3:20 post

Anonymous said...

I've lived in POCO for 40 years and never seen a dog warden, or anyone else like the SPCA come around and check on animals, so who is going to be enforcing these rules???? The Galeton smoke.... I don't think so....

Anonymous said...

Anyone that leaves any animal outside in frigid weather temp is simply a cold hearted, sadistic, person...
Don't get animals if you're not going to take care of them!!!