Local Legislators Look to Change Animal Cruelty Laws

By Mallory Lane

Published 01/09 2014 06:20PM

Updated 01/09 2014 06:34PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - A dog in Centre County was found frozen to death inside its dog house.

According to police, the dog was frozen to the floor of the dog house around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in Curtin Township.

46 year-old Ronald Haines will be charged with a summary offense for the alleged crime.

This story has been gaining a lot of attention on the WTAJ Facebook page. A lot of viewers are asking why this alleged crime is only punishable with a fine and if there is anything you can do to help change the law.

This topic has been at the center of debate for years. Some say state law concerning animal abuse is too lax, others think it's just fine.

The punishment for any type of animal cruelty, from abuse to death, is only punishable by fine.

One local legislator says something needs to be done to change the law and is taking steps to fix it.

Centre County Representative, Scott Conklin, is trying to pass House Bill 990. If this law is passed, each county will be able to hire a humane officer to enforce animal cruelty laws.

Conklin suggests calling your local representatives to support the bill and to voice any concerns you may have about the current laws in place for animal cruelty.

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