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District Offices
21 N. Main Street, Unit 9
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: (610) 282-0160
Fax: (610) 282-3955

191 Main St., Suite 104
Emmaus, PA 18049
Phone: (610) 965-5830
Fax: (610) 282-3955

56 W. Fourth St., 2nd Floor
Red Hill Borough Building
Red Hill, PA 18076
Phone: (215) 679-3152
Fax: (215) 679-3155
 
Capitol Office
5 East Wing
PO Box 202131
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131
Phone: (717) 783-1673
Fax: (717) 705-7012
New Law Gets Tough on Animal Abusers
9/1/2017
The Weekly Roundup
 The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
New Law Gets Tough on Animal Abusers

Animals now have greater protection thanks to a tough, new law targeting those who abuse animals took effect this week.

Act 10 of 2017, also known as Libre’s Law, strengthens existing animal cruelty laws and makes it easier to prosecute a person who knowingly mistreats, abuses or neglects an animal.

Specifically, the new law outlines three tiers of cruelty and neglect, with charges ranging from a summary offense for denying an animal food or shelter to a third-degree felony for intentionally torturing an animal or causing serious bodily injury or death.

The new law also requires convicted animal abusers to forfeit their animals, sets guidelines for tethering dogs outdoors, clarifies penalties for abusing a horse and provides civil immunity for veterinarians, vet techs and humane society police officers who report abuse.
                
?I visited the Animals in Distress shelter in Coopersburg on Wednesday for a media event with Humane Society State Director Kristen Tullo to discuss Libre’s Law. I also talked about House Bill 1750, legislation I have introduced that would allow customers to bring their pet dogs to outdoor dining areas.

Pictured with me are (from left) Humane Society State Council Member Suzanne Gonzalez, Tullo, Mya the dog and Animals in Distress Founder Lois Gadek, who we thank for the tour of her wonderful facility!
                  
         
Opioid Awareness Seminar Set for Sept. 28

On Thursday, Sept. 28, I will be hosting an Opioid Awareness Seminar from 6-8 p.m. at The Southern Lehigh Middle School Auditorium, 3715 Preston Lane in Center Valley. A panel featuring experts from various fields will discuss how to deal with the opioid crisis in everyday situations. Parents, individuals who have loved ones dealing with this epidemic and those who would like more information about this important issue will be especially interested. Reservations are not required.

In the spirit of helping the community, anyone attending the seminar may also bring new school supplies to be donated to the Open Link and Angel Network back-to-school drives. Residents of the 131st District can also drop off school supplies donations for these organizations at my district offices now through Friday, Sept. 29.
                  
         
Preparing for Emergencies

As the nation comes together to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Pennsylvania officials are reminding residents that National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1. Throughout the month, households, businesses and communities are encouraged to prepare and plan for emergencies.

Well before emergencies strike, simple steps can be taken to prepare a family, school, workplace or community for any type of incident that would disrupt the day-to-day routine. Citizens are encouraged to visit www.ReadyPA.org to find sample checklists, contact lists and other preparedness tools to take advantage of before an emergency occurs. In particular, people should think about loved ones who may have special needs that could inhibit their ability to help themselves.
                  
         
Traveling Over Labor Day?

Travelers can log onto www.511PA.com to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online at www.dmv.pa.gov.
                  
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