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§ 5561. Nonapplicability of subchapter

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and OffensesEffective: August 28, 2017

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and Offenses (Refs & Annos)
Part II. Definition of Specific Offenses (Refs & Annos)
Article F. Offenses Against Public Order and Decency
Chapter 55. Riot, Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses (Refs & Annos)
Subchapter B. Cruelty to Animals (Refs & Annos)
Effective: August 28, 2017
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5561
Formerly cited as PA ST 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5511
§ 5561. Nonapplicability of subchapter
(a) Game law.--This subchapter shall not apply to, interfere with or hinder any activity which is authorized or permitted under 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to game) or the regulations promulgated under those laws.
(b) Exemptions.--The provisions of this subchapter shall not apply to the following:
(1) The killing of a dog or cat by the owner of that animal if it is accomplished in accordance with the act of December 22, 1983 (P.L. 303, No. 83),1 known as the Animal Destruction Method Authorization Law.
(2) The killing of an animal found pursuing, wounding or killing a domestic animal or domestic fowl.
(3) The killing of an animal or fowl under 34 Pa.C.S. §§ 2384 (relating to declaring dogs public nuisances) and 2385 (relating to destruction of dogs declared public nuisances) or regulations promulgated under 34 Pa.C.S. §§ 2384 and 2385.
(4) Reasonable activity that may be undertaken with vermin control or pest control.
(5) Shooting activities not otherwise prohibited under this subchapter.
(6) Conduct that is lawful under the laws of the United States or this Commonwealth relating to activities undertaken by a research facility that is one of the following:
(i) Registered and inspected under the Animal Welfare Act (Public Law 89-544, 7 U.S.C. § 2131 et seq.).
(ii) Subject to the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals provided for under the Public Health Service Act (58 Stat. 682, 42 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.).
(iii) Subject to the provisions of 21 CFR Pt. 58 (relating to good laboratory practice for nonclinical laboratory studies) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (52 Stat. 1040, 21 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.) or the Public Health Service Act.


2017, June 28, P.L. 215, No. 10, § 4, effective in 60 days [Aug. 28, 2017].


3 P.S. § 328.101 et seq.
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5561, PA ST 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5561
Current through 2022 Regular Session Act 40. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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