Commend Governor for Requiring Animal Abusers to Pay for Seized Animals’ Care

Target: Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania

Goal: Commend governor for requiring animal abusers to pay for their seized animals’ care

Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania has signed a new law requiring alleged animal abusers to pay reasonable costs for the care of their seized animals. The cost will not exceed $15 per day, in addition to other medical care deemed necessary by a veterinarian. The $15 per day cost will cover food, water, and shelter.

Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said,“Pennsylvania shelters and state and local agencies are already overburdened with the cost of basic animal care. Large scale rescues were straining the budgets of small humane organizations around the state, and this law provides them much needed relief.”

Hundreds of animals are seized by law enforcement and animal care and control officers across Pennsylvania every year as a result of animal abuse cases. This law will ensure greater enforcement of the state’s anti-cruelty laws, reduce suffering of animals kept in shelters, and provide greater protection for animals.

With this law, Pennsylvania joins 23 other states in having legal means for significantly reducing the need for public funding of the care of animals held while cruelty cases are pending. The passage of the law to make alleged animal abusers pay for their seized animals’ care is very commendable.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Corbett,

Thank you for signing the law to require alleged animal abusers to pay for their seized pets’ care while cruelty cases are pending. Animal shelters struggle to pay for the many animals they already take care of, and this law relieves a great burden from their shoulders.

This law allows the state of Pennsylvania to provide greater care to seized animals, and gives an immediate consequence to people who had their animals seized due to cruelty and abuse. I commend you for making the right decision to allow animal cruelty and abuse laws to be easily enforced, since shelters do not have to worry about the burden of another animal to pay for. This law greatly benefits Pennsylvania’s animals. Thank you for signing the law to require alleged animal abusers to pay for their seized pets’ care.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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