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Congressman Marino Sponsors Bill to Protect Pets

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRE/WYOU-TV_ A bill introduced by Congressman Tom Marino of Pennsylvania is designed to keep pets safe. Our Washington Correspondent Morgan Wright explains how this bill will make it a federal offense, to leave a pet in a car or other confined space, that could harm or kill that animal.

Congressman Tom Marino says he doesn't care if it’s a dog, cat, fish, or hamster – we all have a responsibility to take care of pets…

Congressman Tom Marino, Pennsylvania: It tears me apart to see an animal hurt.

 Congressman Marino’s bill says - if the animal could die from excessive exposure to heat or cold, lack of ventilation or lack of water - the offender could face a fine, 1 year in prison, or both for each violation.

Kitty Block, President and CEO, Humane Society of the United States said It does well because it works with complimentary with state and municipal laws. 

  Kitty Block the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States says the incident on that United Airlines flight where a woman was forced to put her French Bulldog in an overhead compartment – where it ultimately died -  was gross negligence.

Kitty Block, President and CEO, Humane Society of the United States noted "I don’t think you have to be the President of the Organization to be upset when you see this"

 Block says pets deserve protection.

 "These are members of our family and they deserve and need to be kept safe and treated in a way they will not be injured."

  United Airlines stopped flying pets until they can evaluate their policy. CEO Oscar Munoz said the airline made a mistake.

  "We got it wrong last week when a terrible event happened on our planes with a family pet." said Oscar Munoz, United Airlines CEO  

 
 
   Congressman Marino says the bill now has bipartisan support.
 


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