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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: October 17, 2013 03:50 PM
From: Senator Michael J. Stack
To: All Senate members
Subject: Animal Protection Legislation - Preventing Declawing and Devocalization
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that would prohibit landlords from mandating that tenants with pets must have their pets either declawed or devocalized before entering into a rental agreement.

This bill is modeled after legislation that the State of California passed in 2012. That bill would make it illegal for landlords to advertise properties in such a way that discourages potential tenants from applying if their animals are not declawed or devocalized.

Additionally, it prohibits landlords from refusing occupancy to a potential tenant with pets that are not declawed or devocalized. The intent of this legislation is to protect tenants from being forced to choose between securing housing for their families and subjecting their pets to unnecessary, costly and life-altering medical procedure

The bill would impose a civil penalty of $1,000 for any person found in violation of these provisions.

If you have any additional questions on this bill, please contact my Harrisburg office.

Introduced as SB1176