HARRISBURG – The PA House has approved legislation that would create a sentencing enhancement for when a pet or farm animal is harmed or killed during the course of a burglary or criminal trespass.
The measure, known as “Cash’s Law,” was crafted in honor of a Levittown family dog, Cash, who woke his owner to investigate noises outside the home. Upon opening the door, the homeowner was faced at gunpoint with a convicted felon and two accomplices. As they tried to force their way into the home, Cash managed to slip outside in an attempt to protect the homeowner, and one of the men turned the gun on the dog killing Cash as the homeowner locked the door to protect his family. Despite this, there was no additional punishment for killing Cash. The proposal was amended into House Bill 940 which provides for criminal penalties when a criminal injures or kills a police animal during the course of perpetrating a felony. The legislation now awaits consideration in the state Senate.