DeLissio proud to support bill strengthening animal abuse laws

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., voted last week in favor of House Bill 1238, a bill strengthening Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws. This bill passed the House with a vote of 167-20.


“H.B.1238 gives voice and rights for animals who provide us companionship and service, but can’t speak for themselves,” DeLissio said. “I thank the bi-partisan group of legislators who joined me in bringing their voice to pass this bill.”


H.B. 1238, among other reforms, includes Libre’s Law, which would make animal abuse a felony in the Commonwealth. Libre, a Boston terrier rescued from a Lancaster County farm after weeks of severe neglect, joined animal rights activists and other animals last week to rally and encourage state legislators to pass the bill.


“This would not have been possible without the efforts of animal lovers and their furry friends from across the Commonwealth working together to push for these reforms,” DeLissio said. “Thank you to everyone who advocated for this bill in Harrisburg and in their communities. With your continued efforts I am optimistic Pennsylvania will finally join 47 other states in making animal abuse a felony. It is documented that abusers of animals are five times as likely to harm humans and by making animal abuse a felony we are hopefully preventing harm to people by these same abusers.”


H.B. 1238 now heads to the Senate, where it will need to pass out of committee and then the full Senate and be signed by the governor before becoming law.