PA Anti Cruelty Statutes
PENNSYLVANIA STATUTES AND CONSOLIDATED STATUTES
PURDON'S PENNSYLVANIA CONSOLIDATED STATUTES
TITLE 18. CRIMES AND OFFENSES
PART II. DEFINITION OF SPECIFIC OFFENSES
ARTICLE F. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY
CHAPTER 55. RIOT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RELATED OFFENSES
§ 5511. Cruelty to animals
(c) Cruelty to animals.--A person commits a summary offense if he wantonly or cruelly illtreats,
overloads, beats, 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. This subsection shall not apply to activity undertaken in normal agricultural operation.
(d) Selling or using disabled horse.--A person commits a summary offense if he offers for sale or sells any horse,
which by reason of debility, disease or lameness, or for other cause, could not be worked or used without violating
the laws against cruelty to animals, or leads, rides, drives or transports any such horse for any purpose, except that
of conveying the horse to the nearest available appropriate facility for its humane keeping or destruction or for
medical or surgical treatment.
(e) Transporting animals in cruel manner.--A person commits a summary offense if he carries, or causes, or allows
to be carried in or upon any cart, or other vehicle whatsoever, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner. The
person taking him into custody may take charge of the animal and of any such vehicle and its contents, and deposit
the same in some safe place of custody, and any necessary expenses which may be incurred for taking charge of
and keeping the same, and sustaining any such animal, shall be a lien thereon, to be paid before the same can
lawfully be recovered, or the saidexpenses or any part thereof remaining unpaid may be recovered by the person
incurring the same from the owner of said creature in any action therefor.
PA's Horse Transport Law, Act 64
Signed into law on June 25, 2001 by Governor Tom Ridge
Transporting equine animals in cruel manner.--
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person commits a summary offense for each equine animal if the person carries, or causes or allows to be carried any equine animal in or upon any conveyance, or other vehicle whatsoever with two or more levels STACKED ON TOP OF ONE ANOTHER. A person who violates this subsection on a second or subsequent occasion commits a misdemeanor of the third degree for each equine animal transported.
PA Horse Transport Card Available for download
(f) Hours of labor of animals.--A person commits a summary offense if he leads, drives, rides or works or causes or permits any other person to lead, drive, ride or work any horse, mare, mule, ox, or any other animal, whether belonging to himself or in his possession or control, for more than 15 hours in any 24 hour period, or more than 90 hours in any one week. Nothing in this subsection contained shall be construed to warrant any persons leading, driving, riding or walking any animal a less period than 15 hours, when so doing shall in any way violate the laws against cruelty to animals.
(i) Power to initiate criminal proceedings.--An agent of any society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals, incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth, shall have the same powers to initiate criminal proceedings provided for police officers by the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. An agent of any society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals, incorporated under the laws of this Commonwealth, shall have standing to request any court of competent jurisdiction to enjoin any violation of this section.
(l) Search warrants.--Where a violation of this section is alleged, any issuing authority may, in compliance with the applicable provisions of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, issue to any police officer or any agent of any society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals duly incorporated under the laws of this Commonwealth a search warrant authorizing the search of any building or any enclosure in which any violation of this section is occurring or has occurred, and authorizing the seizure of evidence of the violation including, but not limited to, the animals which were the subject of the violation. Where an animal thus seized is found to be neglected or starving, the police officer or agent is authorized to provide such care as is reasonably necessary, and where any animal thus seized is found to be disabled, injured or diseased beyond reasonable hope of recovery, the police officer or agent is authorized to provide for the humane destruction of the animal. The cost of the keeping, care and destruction of the animal shall be paid by the owner thereof and claims for the costs shall constitute a lien upon the animal. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, the authority imposing sentence upon a conviction for any violation of this section may require that the owner pay the cost of the keeping, care and destruction of the animal. No search warrant shall be issued based upon an alleged violation of this section which authorizes any police officer or agent or other person to enter upon or search premises where scientific research work is being conducted by, or under the supervision of, graduates of duly accredited scientific schools or where biological products are being produced for the care or prevention of disease.
(m) Forfeiture.--In addition to any other penalty provided by law, the authority imposing sentence upon a conviction for any violation of this section may order the forfeiture or surrender of any abused, neglected or deprived animal of the defendant to any society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals duly incorporated under the laws of this Commonwealth.
(m.1) Fine for summary offense.--In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a person convicted of a summary offense under this section shall pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $750 or to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.
(o) Representation of humane society by attorney.--Upon prior authorization and approval by the district attorney of the county in which the proceeding is held, an association or agent may be represented in any proceeding under this section by any attorney admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and in good standing. Attorney's fees shall be borne by the humane society or association which is represented.
"Conveyance." A truck, tractor, trailer or semitrailer, or
any combination of these, propelled or drawn by mechanical
"Domestic animal." Any dog, cat, equine animal, bovine animal, sheep, goat or porcine animal.
"Equine animal." Any member of the Equidae family, which
includes horses, asses, mules, ponies and zebras.
"Normal agricultural operation." Normal activities, practices and procedures that farmers adopt, use or engage in year after year in the production and preparation for market of poultry, livestock and their products in the production and harvesting of agricultural, agronomic, horticultural, silvicultural and aquicultural crops and commodities.
§ 5511.2. Police animals.
(a) Illegal to taunt police animals.--It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously taunt, torment, tease, beat, kick or strike a police animal. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this subsection commits a felony of the third degree.
(b) Illegal to torture police animals.--It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously torture, mutilate, injure, disable, poison or kill a police animal. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this subsection commits a felony of the third degree.
(c) Resitution.--In any case in which a defendant is convicted of a violation of subsection (a) or (b), the defendant shall be ordered to make restitution to the agency or individual owning the animal for any veterinary bills, for replacement costs of the animal if it is disabled or killed and for the salary of the animal's handler for the period of time the handler's services are lost to the agency.
(d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
- "Accelerant detection dog."
- A dog which is trained for accelerant detection, commonly referred to as arson canines.
- "Bomb detection dog."
- A dog which is trained to locate a bomb or explosives by scent.
- "Narcotic detection dog."
- A dog which is trained to locate a bomb or explosives by scent.
- "Police animal."
- An animal, including, but not limited to, dogs and horses, used by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Department of Corrections, a county facility or office or by a municipal police department, fire department, search and rescue unit or agency or handler under the supervision of such department, search and rescue unit or agency in the performance of the functions or duties of such department, search and rescue unit or agency, whether the animal is on duty or not on duty. The term shall include, but not be limited to, an accelerant detection dog, bomb detection dog, narcotic detection dog, search and rescue dog and tracking animal.
- "Search and rescue dog."
- A dog which is trained to locate lost or missing persons, victims of natural or manmade disasters and human bodies.
- "Tracking animal."
- An animal which is trained to track or used to pursue a missing person, escaped inmate or fleeing felon.