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In most cases educating animal owners and bringing them up to speed on the new animal cruelty laws can resolve a situation. In some cases animal owners may be facing a hardship and could use some help. The Lehigh County Humane Society is willing to help responsible pet owners in their time of need.

“As the cruelty Officer for the Lehigh County Humane Society, I respond to an average of 35 complaints a month for neglected and or abused animals. I cover both Lehigh and Northampton counties at this time. My mission is to help the citizens of the Valley through education, community outreach and by enforcing the Pennsylvania animal cruelty laws.”
– Barbara Morgan

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In most cases educating animal owners and bringing them up to speed on the new animal cruelty laws can resolve a situation. In some cases animal owners may be facing a hardship and could use some help.

The Lehigh County Humane Society is willing to help responsible pet owners in their time of need.

Please, if you suspect animal abuse…Call or text 484-619-2074. All Calls are anonymous.

REPORT ABUSE

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA’S ANIMAL CRUELTY LAW

Neglect of animal, including failure to provide:

  • Food and water
  • Clean and sanitary shelter and protection from weather
  • Necessary veterinary care

AS A HUMANE POLICE OFFICER I DO NOT RESPOND TO STRAY ANIMAL CALLS OR BARKING COMPLAINTS.

Cruelty to animal: A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly illtreats, overloads, beats, tortures, abandons or abuses an animal.

Tethering of unattended dog. An unattended dog may only be tethered for nine hours or less in a 24-hour period, and must meet the following criteria:

  • The tether must be of a type commonly used for the size and breed of dog and is at least three times the length of the dog as measured from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail or 10 feet, whichever is longer.
  • The tether must be secured to a well-fitted collar or harness by means of a swivel anchor, swivel latch or other mechanism designed to prevent the dog from becoming entangled.
  • The tethered dog must have access to water and an area of shade to escape the direct rays of the sun.
  • The dog may not be tethered for longer than 30 minutes in temperatures above 90 or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Transporting animals in cruel manner.

Animal mutilation and related offenses, including:

  • Cropping of ear
  • Debarking
  • Docking of tail
  • Surgical birth
  • Declawing of a dog

Animal fighting.

  • Causing or allowing an animal to engage in animal fighting
  • Receiving compensation for the admission of another person to a place kept or used for animal fighting
  • Owning, training, promoting, purchasing or acquiring in any manner or knowingly selling an animal for animal fighting
  • Wagering on the outcome of an animal fight
  • Attending an animal fight
  • Knowingly permitting a place under the person’s control or possession to be kept or used for animal fighting

Possession of animal fighting paraphernalia.

Taunting or abusing Police animals.

BECOME AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE

You can report cruelty if you are in the know.

Educate yourself on animal cruelty laws
so you can help animals that are being mistreated.

FULL CRUELTY CODE

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