Most people would agree that typical pets are able to feel pain in ways similar to a human. However, animals still aren’t adequately protected under the law. Stories of animal abuse rarely end jail time for the perpetrator. In fact, they’re unlucky if they get a big fine and community service.
Luckily a new Pennsylvania’s law is bucking this unfortunate legal norm with a new law. The law is called Act 10, or Libre’s Law, named after the Boston terrier Libre (above) who was found half-dead outside of a puppy mill.
The law states give animal control officials the right to file misdemeanor or felony charges against anyone who perpetrates violence against pet animals.
Opinion towards the new law is generally positive. Humane PA’s website says “for the first time ever in PA, it will be possible to file felony level penalties for first time cruelty offenses outside of animal fighting or killing an endangered species.”