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Senator Rich Alloway
Sweeping Animal Protection Measure Signed Into Law; Goes Into Effect Next Month
Over the past year, lawmakers have seen an incredible groundswell of support for legislation to ensure animals are not subjected to abandonment, starvation, mistreatment or other forms of cruelty. As a result of these tremendous grassroots efforts, beginning next month, animals in Pennsylvania will finally benefit from new protections against abuse and neglect.
Last month, Governor Wolf signed into law the most significant piece of animal protection legislation Pennsylvania has seen in decades. The overhaul of our state’s animal abuse laws include two provisions I championed – the creation of a felony-level offense for individuals who cause severe injuries to animals, and a provision that prevents dogs from being tethered in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.
Although I led the fight in the Senate to pass tougher punishments for animal abusers, the driving force behind this effort was Libre. The Boston terrier’s amazing story of survival and recovery from a variety of health problems following his abandonment on a Lancaster County farm captivated animal lovers around the globe. It was only fitting that when the bill was signed into law, Libre was on-hand to add his paw print right beside Governor Wolf’s signature.
In addition, the new law includes a number of other provisions to protect animals, including measures to provide for the forfeiture of animals in cases of abuse, additional protections for horses and a new classification for crimes against guide dogs and police animals. The law is scheduled to go into effect in late August.
For too long, Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws have been all bark and no bite. I am thankful we have finally taken the necessary steps to ensure law enforcement and prosecutors have the tools they need to hold the worst offenders responsible for the damage they cause to animals.
Registration Open for Ride With Rich Charity Bike Ride
Registration is open now through September 21 for the 2nd annual “Ride With Rich” charity bike ride, which will support public recreational opportunities and alternative transportation in Adams County. Two routes will be offered, including a 25-mile ride and a 12-mile ride to accommodate riders of all ages and fitness levels.
I look forward to hosting the event with my friends at Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. Proceeds from the event will help support the acquisition, development and maintenance of trails and bike routes throughout the region.
More details and registration for the event is available at www.habpi.org.