P.A.T.R. Home Page P.A.T.R. Home Page
 About 
 Services 
 Adopt 
 Help Out 
 Donate 
 Resources 
 Laws 
 Other 



Paws And Shop
Now on facebook check us out
Past Paw Prints
Donate your cans to help the animals
Stop Animal Cruelty

PA Cruelty Laws


LAWS  OF  PENNSYLVANIA  RELATING   TO
THE  PROTECTION  OF  ANIMALS  FROM  CRUELTY



ACT 230 - Title: 18

PENALTIES
A summary offense is one that calls for imprisonment for not more than 90 days. A misdemeanor of the second degree calls for imprisonment of not more than two years. The maximum fine for a summary offense is $750.00 and the maximum fine for a misdemeanor of the second degree is $5,000.00.

SECITON 5511. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

(c) CRUELTY TO ANIMALS - A person commits a summary offense if he wantonly or cruelly ill-treats, overloads, beats or otherwise abuses any animal, or neglects any animal as to which he has a duty of care, whether belonging to himself or otherwise, or abandons any animal, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter, or veterinary care, or access to clean and sanitary shelter which will protect the animal against inclement weather and preserve the animal's body heat and keep it dry, or keeps or uses, or in any way is connected with, or interested in the management of, or receives money for the admission of any person to any place kept or used for the admission of any person to any place kept or used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, dog, cock or other creature, or encourages, aids or assists therein, or permits or suffers any place to be so kept or used. This subsection shall not apply to activity undertaken in normal agricultural operation.
(i) POWER TO INITIATE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS - If an agent of any society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals, incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth, views a violation of this section, he shall have the same powers to initiate criminal proceedings provided for police officers by the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. If an agent of any society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals, incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth, does not view but receives information concerning a violation of this section which constitutes a summary offense, he may institute criminal proceedings by filing a citation with the appropriate issuing authority. The agent shall not issue a summary citation to a defendant unless the violation is viewed by the agent.
INTENT IN CRUELTY CASE - While the act of cruelty must be wanton or cruel to make it a summary offense under the statue relating to cruelty, all persons are charged with an intent to do that which necessarily follows as the result of a wanton or cruel act (to animals). If, therefore, the act causing the cruelty is wanton or cruel, the person committing the act is, in the eyes of the law, GUILTY of cruelty. Bishop on State Crimes, sec. 1113.

Sitemap   Copyright • 2017 • Paws Along the River • 212 Elm Street • Warren, PA 16365 • 814-726-1961   Contact Us
Paws Along the River is a non-profit business and can't be held responsible for typographical errors, invalid or out dated content
or content that is linked to or from our web site. All offers, products and prices are subject to change without notice.