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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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H2532 of 2008 is now H 39 of 2009.  The language is unchanged from the old version.  It is available at HB 39 Text.

I sent Caltagirone's staff a memo outlining changes required t bring the law into line with constitutional protections and to make the section on ear cropping at least parallel to the other sections.  None showed up in the bill as submitted.

My additions (in blue) and removals (red) are in this copy of HB2532 with my mark up.  In addition to the changes suggested for ear cropping to make make legal cropping done under the immediate supervision of a veterinarian, they don't seem to care that the record-keeping requirements as drafted are unconstitutionally vague and would prevent enforcement of the law as written.

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Julian Prager
Legislative Chair, Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs
Member, Governor's Dog Law Advisory Board
NAIA Legislative Analyst