HARRISBURG, PA (CBS) — After celebrating one success, animal welfare advocates are trying to make it two-for-two in Harrisburg.
Governor Wolf supports ‘Libre’s Law,’ a bill sent to him by the legislature this past week. Named for a puppy who survived an ordeal of neglect, it strengthens penalties for animal abuse and puts restrictions on tethering.READ MORE: Drag Racing On Temple University's Campus Turns Violent, Police Say
Animal welfare advocates celebrated that victory by holding an event to push for passage of other legislation that would provide immunity for public safety officials who rescue pets from hot vehicles after a reasonable search for the driver.Man Dead, Several Children Saved After Thrown Out Of Windows During Southwest Philadelphia Rowhome Fire
Chester County Democratic Senator Andy Dinniman is the sponsor of the Senate version of the legislation.
“Most people are regretful afterwards,” he said. “But the fact remains the dog and cat can be dead or could go through distress.”MORE NEWS: 2 Teens Injured In West Philadelphia Shooting, Vehicles, Apartment, Struck By Gunfire, Police Say
The ultimate purpose of such a law, Dinniman says, would be to change people’s behavior.