HARRISBURG, Pa. – The state Senate unanimously passed a bill to prevent animal abusers from receiving their pets back on Wednesday.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, is expected to be voted on in the House.
“The legislature needs to punish abusers a lot more than we do now and we are almost there,” Bizzarro said in a news release.
Under current Pennsylvania law, repeat animal offenders are still able to care for pets.
According to the Pennsylvania SPCA, animal cruelty is listed as a summary offense with a punishment of a fine of a couple hundred dollars and less than 90 days in jail.