The Libre law will stiffen penalties for animal cruelty. Photography ©BigNazik | Getty Images.
The Libre law will stiffen penalties for animal cruelty. Photography ©BigNazik | Getty Images.

New Pennsylvania Law Poised to Bring Justice to Animals

A Pennsylvania law will prosecute a couple who kept 31 cats and other animals in uninhabitable conditions. Find out what this law entails.

A new Pennsylvania law is being used to prosecute a Bucks County couple who kept 31 cats (and five exotic birds) in uninhabitable conditions. The cats were living on piles of garbage and debris, and forced to eliminate in two overflowing litter boxes. The owners now face criminal charges brought against them by Bucks County Society for Protection of Animals.

It’s the first time the Humane Society has filed misdemeanor animal-cruelty charges, and it’s all thanks to Libre’s law, which stiffens penalties for animal cruelty and also grants civil immunity to Humane Society police officers and veterinarians.

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Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at

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5 thoughts on “New Pennsylvania Law Poised to Bring Justice to Animals”

  1. Domino, a 12 year old Siamese/Tortie mix, wouldn’t put up with any other animals. He barely lets me in the house. That being said, hoarding anything, especially living creatures, is not healthy. In addition to the filth, the physical safety of all creatures (including humans) would be at tremendous risk. Communicable diseases, lack of adequate mobility space, lack of basic living needs can be detrimental. Hopefully, more states will take an interest in protecting the health of animals being hoarded by getting the hoarder the necessary psychiatric help.

  2. I love the picture of the attorney cat! Something like this shouldn’t be a misdemeanor, it should be a felony.Being forced to live in uninhabitable places puts not only animal lives at stake, but also humans’ lives, to the point it could even affect the community.

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