Lebanon woman wants your signatures to toughen laws for animal abusers

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A Lebanon County woman says if you sign her petition, animal abusers could face penalties they deserve.  She created a petition in response to a story we aired about a man accused of abusing his dog.  A judge ruled the man, Russell Seese, of the Poconos, can still own animals.

Jenna Horn, 24, is a dog lover who promises to provide her puppy, Jax, with happiness.  She says, “He’s my everything.  I treat him a like a child.”

Jenna also wants to give other animals a chance to live safely.  She says, “If you don’t want to take care of a pet the way you should, you shouldn’t get one.”

And she’s proving her point by collecting signatures from people who disapprove of animal abuse.  In her petition, she hopes to collect as many signatures to persuade lawmakers to pass a law that would prohibit people convicted of animal abuse of ever owning or caring for an animal again.

Jenna says, “And they repeat they cycle because there’s nothing really effecting them.”

Representative Kevin Schreiber, of York County, says, “There are issues and some people are bad people who just do this.”

Rep. Schreiber says abuse is happening throughout the Commonwealth and Jenna’s petition is timely.

He says, “A groundswell of public opinion can shift any elected official’s mindset, or at least raise awareness. Not just a slap on the wrist and a fine.  Maybe a misdemeanor, felony, maybe an animal registry.”

You can sign Jenna’s petition on the site, Move-On Petitions.  It’s Titled, “Animal Abuse- Standing up for Harsher Penalties.”  She expects the petition to be delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives and President Obama.


  • MyTakeOnIt

    Be careful about the wording of this. A person with good intentions (perhaps rescuing too many pets or falling on hard times and lacking in care) that is found to have committed a minor infraction based on the judgement of someone else may have their life ruined by not being able to straighten themselves out and care correctly for the pet.
    I can come up with many hypothetical situations where a person may become overwhelmed and slapped with an infraction. Any consideration of a law should clearly define what abuse is. If you swat (slap) your dog's nose to indicate dissatisfaction for something, is that abusive? If you yell at your dog, is that abusive? Some consider crating abusive. What about crating 23 hours per day? Is it abusive to own 28 indoor cats in a trailer? Even if it is kept clean? Dog is found to be underweight or horribly overweight. Is that abusive? Someone owns a pet and never gets it shots. Abusive? (There is a movement that says shots may be unnecessary and shorten their lives.)

  • lori

    The problem is that there is just not enough evidence in these cases. Yes the showing of an abused animal does have a sign of what is going on, but what is needed is video evidence of what the person is actually doing.

    If you show a judge the ACTUAL abuse then they can do more. We can have all the laws on the books we want, but what good are they if they are not enforced.

    Let's do this make the law tougher, but let's do the right thing for the law. Get people out there video taping this criminals. Show the judges. An I for one know for a fact that just because a judge says a person cannot own an animal it will not STOP the person from getting another one. They love to abuse and this is what they will continue to do unless we put a stop to THEM.

    People if you believe for a second that someone is abusing an animal take the law into your own hands in ONE aspect only. GET THE VIDEO EVIDENCE for law enforcement. More often than not law enforcement shows up after the deed is done this restricts what they can and cannot do to the person. Just like security footage of a robbery that evidence is effective in court.

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