The Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul Act, better known as "Libre's Law," took effect on Monday. The law is named for Libre, an abused, seven-week old Boston terrier rescued from a Lancaster County breeder. The puppy was dehydrated and starving with open sores and maggot infestations on his skin.
The law would protect animals in Pennsylvania by forcing convicted animal abusers to forfeit their animals to a shelter, it clarifies rules for tying up animals, increases fines and penalties and adds more protections for horses.
Libre's Law is the first major overhaul of animal protection law in Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. Joining us on Thursday's Smart Talk to discuss animal protection policy are Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director of the Humane Society of the United States and Amy Kaunus, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.
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