Recognizing Abuse and Neglect

How to Recognize Suspected Abuse or Neglect PDF Print E-mail
ImageIf you see or know of a large animal that looks very thin and/or sick; is injured and untreated; has no adequate shelter in bad weather; is kept in unsanitary conditions; or is being cruelly treated, please report suspected abuse or neglect to LAPS by calling 610-869-9880.  All calls are confidential.

Animal cruelty is illegal in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Title 18: Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 55. Riot, Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses
SS 5511.  Cruelty to animals.

(c) Cruelty to animals.–

(1) A person commits an offense if he wantonly or cruelly illtreats, overloads, beats, otherwise abuses anyanimal, 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.     (Read the entire law)

Henneke Scale of Horse Body Condition

The Henneke Scale is an objective measure of horse body condition.    It is illegal to offer for sale a horse with a Body Condition of 1-3.   If a horse has a Body Condition of 1-3, you should suspect abuse.

Download a written description of the Henneke Scale


Download a Power Point description of the Henneke Scale with photos.

double-decker horse trailerTransporting horses in a double-decker semitrailer, to slaughter or for any other reason, is inhumane and illegal.   If you see horses on the highway in a double-decker, call 911 and report it immediately.

Download PA Horse Transport Law Cards 
– handy to keep in your car!