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With PA’s Pooches Looking On, ‘Libre’s Law’ Signed

HARRISBURG (WSKG) – Some lawmakers and Governor Tom Wolf took a break from budget negotiations Wednesday to sign a high-profile package of bills into law.  They significantly overhaul the commonwealth’s animal rights legislation, and include a measure that has brought a lot of attention to the issue in the past year: Libre’s Law. The bill signing saw more fanfare–and barking–than most. Wolf put his pen to paper on the Capitol lawn, surrounded by a large crowd of animal rights advocates and pets. His wasn’t the only signature, either. Libre–the rescued Boston terrier puppy from Lancaster County who inspired the legislation–had his paw print inked on the page.

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After Nearly A Year, PA’s Legislature Passes “Libre’s” Animal Protection Law

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — After almost a year of work over two legislative sessions, a comprehensive animal protection bill has passed the legislature, and will soon be signed by the governor. This time last year, Libre the Boston terrier was near death, suffering from malnutrition and a severe skin infection on the Lancaster farm where he was born and neglected. Today, he’s enthusiastically sniffing staffers in Adams County Senator Richard Alloway’s office, having become perhaps the best lobbyist Harrisburg has on animal rights. Alloway, a Republican, has been a vocal supporter of the animal protection bill that’s come to be known as Libre’s Law. He noted that Pennsylvania had been one of only three states without a felony penalty for severe animal abuse.