HARRISBURG – With a day before the holiday season and the possibility of offering pets, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) issued the following statement:
PSP reminds pet owners, including those who keep their pets outdoors, that they are required to provide pets with basic needs, as defined by law, or face potential charges of neglect and / or cruelty to animals.
“Basic needs include proper nutrition to maintain a healthy body weight, as well as clean, unfrozen water to prevent dehydration.” said Corporal Michael Spada, animal cruelty officer with the PSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations. “It is important to note that animals need as much water in the cold of winter as in the heat of summer.”
Animals should also have access to an appropriately sized shelter that provides protection from the elements, keeps the animal dry and allows it to retain body heat. The shelter should also be clean and hygienic.
Veterinary care should be provided for animals requiring medical attention.
According to Title 18, Chapter 55, Subchapter B of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, certain requirements must be met if you are tethering a dog outdoors.
With the holiday season approaching, animals are often given as gifts and sometimes given to humanitarian companies or rescues a few months later. To avoid this, consider the following: their race and inherent behavioral traits; its size in adulthood and its needs as it ages; and animal care costs, including veterinary costs. Too often, “cute and cuddly” pets are forgotten as they grow older and older.
Consider supporting your local shelters and rescues with donations and even adopting an older pet in need of a loving home.
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit psp.pa.gov.