The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Pennsylvania is not entitled to sovereign or governmental immunity (pdf).

The court ruled unanimously in the result — with Justice Thomas G. Saylor filing a concurring opinion — that the SPCA does not satisfy the criteria for either sovereign or governmental immunity, clearing the path for a lawsuit filed by a woman whose 12 dogs the agency euthanized in 1999.

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