Changes to Puppy Lemon Law
- Published on Friday, 16 January 2015 15:31
- Written by DRC
Changes to the Dog Purchaser Protection Act that we have worked on with Senator Greenleaf have been reintroduced on January 14, 2015 as SB22. It has passed the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure committee on April 15, 2015 and was then referred to the Appropriations Committee.
- The proposal adds language to allow for treatment of incurable conditions up to the purchase price of the dog.
- Extends the period to certify hereditary or congenital conditions from 30 days to 90 days.
- Extends the period to certify contagious or infectious conditions from 10 days to 14 days.
- The notification period for a buyer to notify the seller of a claim will be extended from 2 days to 5 days, and extends the period for providing certification from 5 days to 7 days.
- Requires releasing agencies such as shelters to comply with some of the reporting requirements of the Law.
We are supporting these changes at this time. Please take a look and let us know if you have any comments, concerns or questions on them.
PA SART Shelters Dozens through Ice Storm
- Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:11
- Written by DRC
Now the PA State Animal Response Team Needs Our Help!
After sheltering dozens of pets through recent ice storms, TS Irene, TS Lee and Superstorm Sandy, and many smaller disasters, a drying up of Federal grant funding endangers this vital effort.
Governor Signs Flawed Animal Seizure Bill
- Published on Friday, 01 June 2012 16:55
- Written by DRC
The PA Federation of Dog Clubs opposed HB82 of 2013 as passed by the House and Senate. Read our statement to the Legislature on SB 1527 and HB 2409 of 2011-2012. It was the same bad legislation! Despite some good amendments to the Bill as requested by the Governor's office, it still has the major flaw that would allow your animals to be taken from you and placed in new homes before your day in court. If you are subsequently found not guilty or the charges are dismissed, you may not be able to recover your pets. Sadly, the Governor has signed this bad legislation so now we must find a test case to challenge it in court. Please contact us if you know of such a case.
FAQ on Cruelty Law Changes (HB39)
- Published on Friday, 28 August 2009 17:38
- Written by Julian
The law seems to say that tail docking and dewclaw removal can be done by the breeder prior to 5 days of age - is this correct?
Ag Sec Thanks PA SART and CARTs
- Published on Thursday, 25 June 2009 19:09
- Written by PDA
June 25, 2009 Department of Agriculture
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
CONTACT: Jean Kummer
AG SECRETARY THANKS STATE, COUNTY ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAMS FOR HELPING CARE FOR SEIZED DOGS
HARRISBURG - Department of Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today thanked more than 50 volunteers who donated time and resources this week to help care for 216 dogs that were seized from the Almost Heaven Kennels in Emmaus, Lehigh County.
The raid permanently closed the operation using the recently improved Dog Law.
Wolff said the volunteers - representing the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (SART) and County Animal Response Teams (CART) - proved incredibly valuable in quickly removing the dogs from an unsafe and unhealthy situation so they can begin their course to a better life.
"With the commitment of these dedicated volunteers, our staff was able to execute the raid and seize the dogs to provide better lives for these animals moving forward," said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. "This is just one example of the way these animal teams help animals in distress. Their work is vital no matter what the emergency situation."