House Bill 1463 aims to restore the PA Dog Law Restricted Account to sound financial health by increasing individual dog license fees.  The money in the account comes from licensing fees and penalties for violations of the Dog Law.  No funds from the state’s budget are spent on Dog Law enforcement.  A number of years ago, $4 million was removed from the account to help balance the budget.  PFDC challenged this in Federal Court along with other groups, but we lost the court battle.   Ever since, the amount available to support the Dog Law functions has diminished.


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PFDC Opposes Pet Limits as Missing the Point

Many communities like Waynesboro PA try to deal with issues of animal cruelty and irresponsible pet ownership by limiting the number of pets its citizens may keep. The PA Federation of Dog Clubs agrees with a handful of court decisions across the country that conclude such laws miss the mark.

Pet Limit Ordinances punish responsible, law-abiding citizens in an effort to deal with the irresponsible and lawless. In general, the courts have seen no evidence provided by the government leaders in these cases that an arbitrary numeric limit solves the issue intended. In fact, the plaintiffs in these cases have shown data from the communities own animal control officers that many who are repeatedly cited for animal cruelty, allowing their animals to roam at large, and harboring dangerous dogs, have fewer than the limit would allow. They have also shown that those in dog and cat clubs in the community, who have more than the designated limit, are not on record for these violations. Further, those that participate in civic minded kennel and cat clubs are often the ones who step forward to help with the animal control issues in their communities. For these reason, and many more, the PA Federation of Dog Clubs asks those currently considering pet limit laws, to listen to the counterproposals being offered. The kennel and cat clubs in your communities have the knowledgeable and caring people who can make a difference, and make it a better place to live for all.