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Accused Animal Abusers Must Pay for Care of Seized Animals

Gov. Corbett signs HSUS-supported bill to protect non-profit animal shelters by reducing cost of care for abused animals

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a new law requiring alleged animal abusers to pay reasonable costs for the care of their seized animals.

These expenses include food, water, shelter and medical care. Reasonable costs of care will be limited to $15 per day per animal, in addition to necessary medical care as determined by a licensed veterinarian.

“Pennsylvania shelters and state and local agencies are already overburdened with the cost of basic animal care,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “Large scale rescues were straining the budgets of small humane organizations around the state, and this law provides them much needed relief.”

With enactment of H.B. 82, Pennsylvania joins nearly 25 states in providing legal means for significantly reducing the need for public funding of the care of animals held while cruelty cases are pending.


  • Hundreds of animals are seized by law enforcement and animal care and control officers across Pennsylvania every year as a result of animal abuse cases.
  • This law will ensure greater enforcement of the state’s anti-cruelty laws, reduce suffering of animals kept in shelters and provide greater protection for animals.
  • H.B. 82 guarantees criminal defendants maintain some responsibility for basic costs of care.


Media Contact: Samantha Miller: 301-258-1417; smiller@humanesociety.org


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