ILLEGAL TO ABANDON AN ANIMAL IN PA!
IT”S ILLEGAL TO ABANDON AN ANIMAL IN PENNSYLVANIA
Within the past several days, multiple Clarion rescue organizations have found animals abandoned outside of their facilities. Not only are you breaking the law when you abandon an animal, but you are creating an extremely stressful experience for the animal. These animals are exposed to extreme weather conditions when dumped at a shelter, often have no food or water in their cage, carrier, box and studies show that abandoned animals often exhibit the signs and symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
In addition, most of our local rescues and shelters are operating at full capacity and with minimal funds to provide the needed care of the abandoned animals.
However, those same organizations are more than happy to try help you find an appropriate home by offering posts on their FB pages and classified sections of their websites or provide you with names and contacts for other organizations that may be in a better position to help.
As a warning to those persons guilty of this act of cruelty to animals, you may be on camera. If you are identified, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Section 5511 of the Pennsylvania Code explains the various crimes and offenses as they relate to cruelty to animals. Included in the definition of cruelty to animals is the act of abandoning an animal or depriving it of necessary sustenance. This applies to both dogs and cats. There are fines associated with offense.
More specifically described in the PA Dog Laws pertaining to dog abandonment
§ 459-601. Theft; poison; abandonment of animals by owner
(c) Abandonment of animals by owner.–
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon or attempt to abandon any dog within the Commonwealth. Anyone convicted of abandoning or attempting to abandon any dog within the Commonwealth shall pay a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $1,000, plus costs.