charge of the animal and of any such vehicle and its contents,
and deposit the same in some safe place of custody, and any
necessary expenses which may be incurred for taking charge of
and keeping the same, and sustaining any such animal, shall be a
lien thereon, to be paid before the same can lawfully be
recovered, or the expenses or any part thereof remaining unpaid
may be recovered by the person incurring the same from the owner
of the creature in any action therefor.
(b) Exception.--For the purposes of this section, it shall
not be deemed cruel or inhumane to transport live poultry in
crates so long as not more than 15 pounds of live poultry are
allocated to each cubic foot of space in the crate.
§ 5538. Transporting equine animals in cruel manner.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person commits
a summary offense for each equine animal if the person carries,
or causes or allows to be carried, any equine animal in or upon
any conveyance or other vehicle whatsoever with two or more
levels stacked on top of one another. A person who violates this
section on a second or subsequent occasion commits a misdemeanor
of the third degree for each equine animal transported.
§ 5539. Hours of labor of animals.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits a summary offense if
he leads, drives, rides or works or causes or permits any other
person to lead, drive, ride or work any horse, mare, mule, ox or
any other animal, whether belonging to himself or in his
possession or control, for more than 15 hours in any 24-hour
period or more than 90 hours in any one week.
(b) Construction.--Nothing in this section contained shall
be construed to warrant any persons leading, driving, riding or
walking any animal a period less than 15 hours, when doing so
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