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§ 5532. Neglect of animal

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and OffensesEffective: December 24, 2018

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: December 24, 2018
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5532
Formerly cited as PA ST 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5511
§ 5532. Neglect of animal
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits an offense if the person fails to provide for the basic needs of each animal to which the person has a duty of care, whether belonging to himself or otherwise, including any of the following:
(1) Necessary sustenance and potable water.
(2) Access to clean and sanitary shelter and protection from the weather. The shelter must be sufficient to permit the animal to retain body heat and keep the animal dry.
(3) Necessary veterinary care.
(b) Grading.--
(1) Except as set forth in paragraph (2), a violation of this section is a summary offense.
(2) If the violation causes bodily injury to the animal or places the animal at imminent risk of serious bodily injury, a violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree.


2017, June 28, P.L. 215, No. 10, § 4, effective in 60 days [Aug. 28, 2017]. Amended 2018, Oct. 24, P.L. 685, No. 104, § 2, effective in 60 days [Dec. 24, 2018].
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5532, PA ST 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5532
Current through 2022 Regular Session Act 96. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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