Officials experience learning curve with Libre’s Law

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Kari Coble is an advocate for dogs and as the president of a local animal rescue, One Dog at a Time, she was happy to see Libre’s Law go into effect this past August. 

“I love it. I love the law…What I love is that when people are doing, committing malicious crimes towards animals, they’re actually going to end up paying the price in the end,” Coble said.  

Under the law:

  • Dogs must be given water and shade.
  • Cannot be tethered more than nine hours in a 24-hour period. 
  • Cannot be tethered more than 30 minutes when temperatures are above 90 or below freezing.
  • The leash also has to be three times the length of the dog. 

Violators could face felony charges which carry a seven-year jail sentence.

You can lead a dog to water, but if it’s frozen, they may not know what to do with it, and portions of Libre’s Law is also leaving many others confused. 

“I think we failed to make a plan to educate our officers and our humane officers completely on what this law entailed.”

State College police said they’ve received calls about dogs outside — but so far, there have not been any violations of the law. Since its the first time Libre’s Law is really being enforced, Governor Tom Wolf said it’s a learning experience. 

“Libre’s Law is a really good piece of legislation. How we enforce it, as with any good law, we have to figure that out,” Wolf said.  

Coble said while she still needs clarifications every now and then, but making sure there are resources to enforce the law needs to be a priority. 

“We need to start at the top. We need to rethink things, we need to make a plan, we need to have a fund that we’re able to pay for all of this,” Coble said.  

Ensuring the law is a success and to help save the lives of our four-legged friends. 

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