Horse Cruelty Info
Title 18, Section 5511
Horse Cruelty Cases
Horse Cruelty at Auctions
PA State Police arrest horse dealer at PA horse auction
PA Cruelty Law at New Holland, PA Auction
Down and bleeding inside a trailer with Maine license plates at a New Holland, PA auction. Reportedly the horse later died. No charges were ever filed. Blood was pooling on the ground under and outside the trailer.
Down Belgian was down all day at a PA horse auction. Several bystanders attempted to get the horse to rise. A vet was never called...
Severely foundered mare's face reveals the pain she is feeling. Mare was found down on a truck at a New Holland auction. Blood oozed from her coronary bands.
All Had Broken Legs & were Hidden on A Trailer
Several states have their cruelty statutes online and can be located by going to your state's website. Locate Statutes and then perform a search for cruelty laws. For an act to be a crime there must first be a written law stating that the act is in fact a crime and is illegal.
State Statutes on EPN Website
The EPN is expanding the state statutes we have on our website. It takes time to search the Internet, copy the statute, add it to our website and upload to the Internet. When asked by people, "What can I do to help?" We respond by suggesting they search (using GoodSearch.com selecting the EPN as their charity),their state's cruelty statutes and then send them to us in e-mail. We have NEVER had anyone follow through. We are all volunteers, we have our own jobs, our own families, our own animals, and yes we like to ride our horses when time allows.
If you would like to search your state statutes to assist the EPN you can send the statutes and the link to the state website where the statute is located to the EPN via e-mail. Please put State Statute in the Subject. Send to EquineProtectionNetwork @ comcast.net . Remove the spaces before and after the "@" symbol which have been added to hinder the dreaded and hated by us all, SPAM! Students will receive a letter thanking them for their community service to the EPN that can be added to their college admittance applications.
When reading the law, determine who has jurisdiction or the authority to enforce the law. Remember that law enforcement depends on citizens to inform them of violations of the law.
Several states, including Pennsylvania, have laws against the selling of sick, lame and debilitated horses. We need to work to have the laws that are already on the books enforced and successfully prosecuted.
The EPN urges citizens to attend horse cruelty hearings in their areas, and if you are unhappy with the sentence imposed by the court, then inform the court of your opinion.
Horse cruelty cases are often lost due to poor investigations and prosecutions, not the law.
PA Cruelty Statutes
PENNSYLVANIA STATUTES AND CONSOLIDATED STATUTES PURDON'S PENNSYLVANIA CONSOLIDATED STATUTES TITLE 18. CRIMES AND OFFENSES PART II. DEFINITION OF SPECIFIC OFFENSES ARTICLE F. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY CHAPTER 55. RIOT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RELATED OFFENSES
§ 5511. Cruelty to animals
(d) Selling or using disabled horse.--A person commits a summary offense if he offers for sale or sells any horse, which by reason of debility, disease or lameness, or for other cause, could not be worked or used without violating the laws against cruelty to animals, or leads, rides, drives or transports any such horse for any purpose, except that of conveying the horse to the nearest available appropriate facility for its humane keeping or destruction or for medical or surgical treatment.
(e) Transporting animals in cruel manner.--A person commits a summary offense if he carries, or causes, or allows to be carried in or upon any cart, or other vehicle whatsoever, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner. The person taking him into custody may take charge of the animal and of any such vehicle and its contents, and deposit the same in some safe place of custody, and any necessary expenses which may be incurred for taking charge of and keeping the same, and sustaining any such animal, shall be a lien thereon, to be paid before the same can lawfully be recovered, or the said expenses or any part thereof remaining unpaid may be recovered by the person incurring the same from the owner of said creature in any action therefor.
PA's Horse Transport Law, Act 64
Signed into law on June 25, 2001 by Governor Tom Ridge(e.1) Transporting equine animals in cruel manner.-- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person commits a summary offense for each equine animal if the person carries, or causes or allows to be carried any equine animal in or upon any conveyance, or other vehicle whatsoever with two or more levels STACKED ON TOP OF ONE ANOTHER. A person who violates this subsection on a second or subsequent occasion commits a misdemeanor of the third degree for each equine animal transported.
§ 5511.2. Police animals.
(a) Illegal to taunt police animals.--It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously taunt, torment, tease, beat, kick or strike a police animal. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this subsection commits a felony of the third degree.
(b) Illegal to torture police animals.--It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously torture, mutilate, injure, disable, poison or kill a police animal. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this subsection commits a felony of the third degree.
(c) Resitution.--In any case in which a defendant is convicted of a violation of subsection (a) or (b), the defendant shall be ordered to make restitution to the agency or individual owning the animal for any veterinary bills, for replacement costs of the animal if it is disabled or killed and for the salary of the animal's handler for the period of time the handler's services are lost to the agency.
(d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
Organizations Working for Enforcement of Cruelty Laws
"A horse is a luxury item. You have no business owning them if you can't pay for them. Are we going to give tax breaks to yacht owners, too?" - Morgan Silver