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Neglect - Abuse - Cruelty - Laws

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Pending Legislation - you can type in the word "equine" for information pertaining to horses.

PA's Electronic Bill Room - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/session.cfm

The Henneke Scale: Determining the condition of a horse

Developed by Dr.Don R. Henneke, in 1983 to give an objective evaluation of a horse's
condition, the Henneke Scale gives each of six body parts a grade.  That number divided by six
is the horse's score.  Scores between 5 and 7 are acceptable.  A score of 5 is ideal.

A. Along the neck

B. Along the withers

C. Crease down back

D. Tailhead

E. Ribs

F. Behind the shoulder

  1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
Neck
 
Boney
 
Very Thin
 
Thin
 
Shallow
 
Some Muscling
 
Cresty
 
Some Fat Deposits
 
Rippling Fat
 
Shoulder
 
Protruding
 
Obvious
 
Visible
 
Barely Visible
 
Rounded
 
Muscled
 
Some Fat Deposits
 
Bulging Fat
 
Back
 
Spine Protruding
 
Spine Visible
 
Spine Raised
 
Visible
 
Rounded
 
Soft
 
Back Crease
 
Back Crease
 
Ribs
 
Protruding
 
Obvious
 
Visible
 
Barely Visible
 
Even
 
Can't Be Felt
 
Some Fat Deposits
 
Rippling Fat
 
Loin
 
Sunken
 
Sunken
 
Taut
 
Even With Ribs
 
Blended
 
Beyond Ribs
 
Some Fat Deposits
 
Bulging Fat
 
Tail Head
 
Protruding
 
Protruding
 
Visible
 
Even
 
Rounded
 
Soft
 
Creased
 
Bulging Fat
 

What do you do if you suspect neglect and or abuse???

Call your local law enforcement agency or humane or rescue group and provide them with the address, situation summary, name (if known), your contact info, directions to the location

Document as much information as possible, dates, pictures, video, witness names.  Do not trespass or attempt to take matters into your own hands. Document as much information as possible, dates, pictures, video, witness names. Address where the horses are located, township located are extremely important. If you are not sure what to do or need assistance please give us a call 610-621-5290 or email us at info@ac4h.com.

PA Anti Cruelty Statutes

Title 18, Section 5511

PENNSYLVANIA STATUTES AND CONSOLIDATED STATUTES PURDON'S PENNSYLVANIA CONSOLIDATED STATUTES TITLE 18. CRIMES AND OFFENSES PART II. DEFINITION OF SPECIFIC OFFENSES ARTICLE F. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY CHAPTER 55. RIOT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RELATED OFFENSES

§ 5511. Cruelty to animals

(c) Cruelty to animals.--A person commits a summary offense if he wantonly or cruelly ill treats, overloads, beats, otherwise abuses any animal, or neglects any animal as to which he has a duty of care, whether belonging to himself or otherwise, or abandons any animal, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter or veterinary care, or access to clean and sanitary shelter which will protect the animal against inclement weather and preserve the animal's body heat and keep it dry. This subsection shall not apply to activity undertaken in normal agricultural operation.

(d) Selling or using disabled horse.--A person commits a summary offense if he offers for sale or sells any horse, which by reason of debility, disease or lameness, or for other cause, could not be worked or used without violating the laws against cruelty to animals, or leads, rides, drives or transports any such horse for any purpose, except that of conveying the horse to the nearest available appropriate facility for its humane keeping or destruction or for medical or surgical treatment.

(e) Transporting animals in cruel manner.--A person commits a summary offense if he carries, or causes, or allows to be carried in or upon any cart, or other vehicle whatsoever, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner. The person taking him into custody may take charge of the animal and of any such vehicle and its contents, and deposit the same in some safe place of custody, and any necessary expenses which may be incurred for taking charge of and keeping the same, and sustaining any such animal, shall be a lien thereon, to be paid before the same can lawfully be recovered, or the said expenses or any part thereof remaining unpaid may be recovered by the person incurring the same from the owner of said creature in any action therefore.

Raffles in Pennsylvania  

Laws in Pennsylvania:  Under PA cruelty statutes 5511.1A Live Animals are prohibited as prizes.  (see law below)
 
This story made Channel 27 news and was printed in the Sentinel www.cumberlink.com below.
 
Story:  Illegal horse raffle leads to refunds

The Keystone Haflinger Association raffled tickets in the amount of $1 and the Clark Farms Quarter Horses accepted donations of $5 to raffle off a horse this weekend during a horse show at the State Farm Show complex in Harrisburg.

According to state police at Harrisburg, live animals may not be awarded as prizes. Representatives from the two agencies were informed to stop accepting money and will be cited with a summary violation. Anyone who may have purchased tickets is instructed to contact the agencies for a refund.

For more of this story, click on or type the URL below:
http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2009/03/01/news/local/doc49a9f078a5dbe729761322.txt
 
Pennsylvania crimes code, title 18-section 5511.1
Live animals as prizes prohibited.
(a)  General rule.--
No Person shall give or offer to give away any live animal, except fish, as prize in any drawing, lottery, contest, sweepstakes or other game.  No person operating any drawing, lottery, contest, sweepstakes or other game shall sell or offer to sell any live animal, except fish, in conjunction, with the operation of a drawing, lottery, contest, sweepstakes or other game.

(b)  Exception.--
          (1) This section shall not apply to any domestic animal given away in connection with any agricultural, educational, or vocational program sponsored or sanctioned by the Department of Agriculture.
          (2) Department of Agriculture shall promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to provide the conditions and requirements of live animal offerings under this subsection.                  
(c)  Construction of section.--
The provisions of this section shall not supersede the act of December 7, 1982 (P.L.784, No. 225), known as the Dog Law.

(d)  Penalty.--
A violation of this section constitutes a summary offense punishable by a fine of not more than $250.

 Pennsylvania "double decker" law.  (2001) -Subsection e1 of the animal cruelty law,(found at 18 Pa.C.S.A. 5511)

http://equineprotectionnetwork.com/transport/EPNtransportcard.pdf  - EPN transport card for Pennsylvania provided by EPN (thank you!)

Double Deckers are also currently illegal to transport horses regardless of destination in Rhode Island, NY, MA, VT, and MD

PA Horse Transport Law of 2001
Title 18 5511 (e.1)
Action to take if you observe a double deck trailer carrying horses in PA:
LICENSE PLATE of truck and/or trailer is vital!
Call 911 to report the violation. Request police officer respond.
SPCA’s /Humane Societies CANNOT make a motor vehicle stop!
Photograph if at all possible!
License Plate of Truck and/or Trailer:
Name of road or route #:
Location: (Township, City, County)
Direction Truck is Traveling:
Name of police agency responding:
Name of officer:
Date & Time

Double Decker & Straight load Trailer pictures -

"Double Decker trailer"  sits very close to the ground just  inches. 

Has a lower and upper deck - these pictures are of the lower deck and the ceiling which is the floor of the upper deck

  "Straight load trailer" it doesn't have 2 decks, above and below it does have step up compartments.  A straight load trailer sits higher off the ground than a double decker.

- DOT number this is on the side of the truck cab door - also get the liscense plate of the truck and trailer.

 

Christine Berry's presentation and it is available via youtube.  Please see www.equineprotectionnetwork.com for very important information on horse laws and also download the double decker transport law cards carry them in your car and make others aware, thank you.
 
Youtube links for presentation: