PA House Passes Bill to Make Abusers Pay For Care of Seized Animals

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week passed HB 82, An Act providing for actions for costs of care of seized animals, known as the Cost of Care bill.

The legislation, if passed by the State Senate, will relieve the burden on non-profit shelters that provide care for animals seized from neglect and abuse situations while the cases pass through the legal system. Shelters and rescues can quickly become financially overwhelmed and left unable to help animals outside of those from the seizures. During the 2012 session, the bill did not make it out of the State Senate, where it died. Humane PA published a post last Friday that discusses the vote in relation to the bill’s failure to pass in 2012.

The HSUS, among others, applauds the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for passing House Bill 82, to require alleged animal abusers to pay reasonable costs to care for their animals after seizure. The vote was 163-84. The bill now moves to the Senate, and The HSUS urges Senators to swiftly pass it into law.

“Pennsylvania’s non-profit animal shelters bear an enormous burden in caring for abused animals which must be held as evidence until trial,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “This legislation gives shelters an opportunity to prove to a court before trial that the seizure was necessary and require the alleged abuser pay the costs to care for these animals pending trial, which both ensures that shelters will be able to continue their vital work and provide an incentive for a speedy trial.”

“This legislation will protect non-profit animal shelters from being bankrupted by costs incurred in large scale animal rescues,” said bill sponsor Rep. Brian Ellis, R-11.

Under current law, shelters who house animals rescued in cruelty cases often spend thousands of dollars caring for those animals until all appeals are exhausted. This legislation protects defendants, animal shelters and the animals by providing an avenue for both parties to meet before a judge immediately after seizure and determine responsibility for the animals.

H.B. 82 guarantees that criminal defendants maintain some responsibility for basic costs of care.

For the full text of the bill, click HERE.

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    January 29, 2013 3:32 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Sandy

    All states should follow suit. Thank you PA.

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    January 30, 2013 11:54 amPosted 1 year ago
    Furkid Mom

    Definitely hope this becomes law and all other states too!!!!!

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    February 17, 2013 1:52 pmPosted 1 year ago
    TJ

    Way to go Pennsylvania, i wish we had such sensible lawmakers here in the UK.

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    February 21, 2013 8:56 pmPosted 1 year ago
    nanci

    ‘Bout time! Down here in Miami they take the starving dogs, horses, goats, rescue horses pigs donkey and cows out of illegal slaughterhouses… and let the owners off scott free JUST FOR SIGNING OVER THE ANIMALS. It is insanity. There are 80 horses in just Miami’s Rescue, Animal Control kills 80 dogs and cats every single day. Yet those people whose culture tells them it is OK to just keep producing foals, puppies and kittens without spending a dime on their care… leaving them to grow up sick and stunted and have to be rescued at GREAT cost to the rescuers.. walk away to do it all over again.. and they DO! Insanity… those who cause the problem HAVE to PAY for the SOLUTION, there has to be a consequence to their actions!

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