Rep. Bizzarro to participate in Humane Society Cruelty to Animals Forum In Erie next week
State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, is one of five panelists that will address the crowd at the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania Animal Cruelty Public Forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. The event is free and open to the public.
The panelists will discuss current Pennsylvania animal cruelty laws, pending legislation, the roles of specific animal law enforcement officers, and information on what the public can do to help in the fight against animal cruelty.
Bizzarro is prime sponsor of H.B. 869 that would require abused animals to be forfeited to an animal shelter after their owner is convicted of animal abuse. That legislation remains in the state Senate under consideration.
Bizzarro said there is a lot of stress to the animals when they are allowed to return to their abusers and it places the animals in grave danger.
“Anyone convicted of abusing an animal should not be afforded the opportunity to resume the abuse, especially not after the shelter caring for the animal has invested countless charitable contributions into rehabilitating the animal,” Bizzarro said.
Panelists, in addition to Bizzarro, who are participating, include:
Lisa Stiles, chief investigating officer, Humane Society of NWPA
Brian Carroll, animal cruelty officer, The ANNA Shelter
Rob Culbertson, animal enforcement officer, City of Erie
Brian Froese, county dog warden.
“The General Assembly needs to strengthen animal abuse laws and punish abusers a lot more than we do now," Bizzarro said.
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