Pennsylvania shelters can bill animal abusers under new law

Source: &YM_MID=1408137&sfvc4enews=42">Derek Prall, American City and County, July 17, 2013

A new law in Pennsylvania will give animal shelters more legal recourse in seeking reimbursement for treatment of abused animals.

Starting in September, Pennsylvania animal shelters will be able to petition a Court of Common Pleas for an order requiring defendants accused of animal cruelty to pay the costs of the animal’s care, according to local paper The Times-Tribune.

Until now, shelters have had to wait months for a defendant to be convicted of charges before seeking reimbursement for the boarding and care of abused animals. Shelters had to pay the costs up front and often never saw full reimbursement.

According to The Times Tribune, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it petitioned courts for $744,000 in reimbursement costs last year, but received $31,000….