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 jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.
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