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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 1, 2017 02:03 PM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pet Cruelty in Domestic Violence Situations
I will soon re-introduce SB 594 that would add a section to Pennsylvania’s Animal Cruelty Law to specifically address animal cruelty in a domestic violence situation.

All too often, an estranged spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend will get back at their spouse or partner by hurting or killing their cat, dog or other pet. Currently, if convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, the minimum mandatory fine one faces is $1,000 and the maximum, $10,000.

Under my legislation, if a person with either a protection from abuse order, sexual violence protection order, or a protection from intimidation order against them commits animal cruelty against the pet of their spouse or partner, they would face a minimum monetary fine of $2,000 and maximum fine of $15,000.

This bill passed unanimously in the Senate last session, but was delayed in the House. Please consider co-sponsoring this bill.

Introduced as SB480