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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2015 02:57 PM
From: Representative Keith J. Greiner
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation increasing penalties associated with animal cruelty offenses.
In the near future, I intend on introducing legislation to increase the monetary penalties associated with summary offenses of animal cruelty. My legislation would increase the current minimum fine for a summary count of animal cruelty from $50 to $250.

Newspapers from across the Commonwealth far too often display headlines of unspeakable cruelty to those who do not have a voice to speak for themselves. The punishment does not fit the crime in these instances, and it is my hope that increased penalties will discourage future unspeakable abuse.

I hope you will consider joining me in supporting this important measure which will increase the minimum penalties for those who mistreat the most vulnerable among us and discourage this despicable behavior to dogs and cats.
If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact my staff, Eric Reath at 717-464-5285 or ereath@pahousegop.com .

Introduced as HB953