House Moves Bill to Further Prevent Animal Cruelty

By State Rep. Joe Emrick
137th Legislative District

Legislation to outlaw the equipment used in animal fighting passed the state House last week. House Bill 164, which received unanimous support, is now awaiting consideration in the state Senate.

While animal fighting is illegal in Pennsylvania, the tools used by those who would still attempt to carry on this cruel activity are still legal. House Bill 164 will hopefully serve as an additional deterrent.

House Bill 164 amends the Crimes Code to ban possession of any device or object used for animal fighting or to train an animal for fighting. The crime is graded as a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.

This legislation will aid law enforcement, which often times has trouble catching offenders in the act. The bill would cover things such as drugs used to make animals more aggressive and staging areas where animal fighting would be taking place.

Questions about this or any other legislative issue should be directed to my Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or my Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Scott Little
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