Governor Wolf and Libre Celebrate One Year of Animal Protection

Today marks the one year anniversary of the day Governor Wolf signed landmark animal protection legislation into law.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the day Governor Wolf signed landmark animal protection legislation into law. Also known as Libre’s Law, this legislation contains key components that aim to protect our furry friends from abuse:

  1. Improves tethering conditions for outside dogs
  2. Adds protection for horses
  3. Increases penalties for animal abuse
  4. Ensures convicted animal abusers forfeit the abused animals to a shelter
  5. Grants civil immunity for verteribalirts and verternaily technicians

Today, Governor Wolf and Libre celebrated the anniversary with a special doggy cake for Libre.

Since the signing of Libre’s Law, shelters have seen a significant increase in calls reporting abuse. Owners are being more responsible and have brought animals back if they know they are unable to take care of them. Shelters have reported that they have never been busier. Pennsylvania was also recently ranked “most improved” for Animal Protection Laws by two national organizations– the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society– in large part thanks to Libre’s Law.

Pennsylvania Ranked “Most Improved” for Animal Protection Thanks to Libre’s Law

Pennsylvania was recently ranked “most improved” for Animal Protection Laws by two national organizations – the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society. This

Pennsylvania was recently ranked “most improved” for Animal Protection Laws by two national organizations – the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society. This achievement is being attributed to the landmark animal protection legislation signed by Governor Wolf this past summer.

Lancaster Online reported:

“The Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Legal Defense Fund both have reported that Act 10 of 2017 — an animal abuse overhaul package signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf last June — has raised Pennsylvania’s standings in a nationwide tally of legal protections for animals.”

Included in this package of bills was Libre’s Law, named after a Boston Terrier whose story of abuse and recovery captured the hearts of Pennsylvanians. The legislation includes restrictions on tethering and greater penalties for animal cruelty convictions.

Governor Wolf remains committed to protecting animals across the Commonwealth and holding those who harm them accountable. He said, “Recognition of Pennsylvania’s efforts by the Humane Society and Animal Legal Defense Fund confirms that my administration, our General Assembly, and strong advocates worked well together to establish laws that protect the pets and animals we love and whose care we have been entrusted with.”