Pa. Capitol rally pushes for vote on animal cruelty bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Animal rights advocates rallied for changes to Pennsylvania’s anti-cruelty laws at the state Capitol this morning.

House Bill 869 would make severe animal abuse a felony, and it contains language to add protections for horses, service animals, and dogs that are tethered outdoors. Convicted animal abusers would have to give up their pets.

The bill passed the Senate and Gov. Tom Wolf has said he would sign it into law, but it still needs House approval before the end of the legislative session.

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