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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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1         dog shall record the procedure [and keep the record] including, but not limited to the name of the person performing the procedure, his or her qualification to perform the procedure, and the date and location at which it was performed.  The record shall be kept as long as the dog is in his or her possession and shall be transferred, with the dog...    

2             (v)  This paragraph shall not apply to personnel    

3         required to comply with standards to minimize pain to an    

4         animal set forth in section 2143(a)(3) of the Animal    

5         Welfare Act (Public Law 89-544, 7 U.S.C. §§ 2131 et.    

6         seq.), trained in accordance with section 2143(d) of the    

7         Animal Welfare Act, who work in a federally registered    

8         research facility required to comply with the Animal    

9         Welfare Act under the guidance or oversight of a   

10         veterinarian.   

11         (5)  (i)  A person commits a summary offense if the   

12         person cuts off or causes or procures the cutting off of   

13         the dewclaw of a dog over five days old.    14             (ii)  The provisions of this paragraph shall not   

15         prevent a veterinarian from cutting the dewclaw when the   <--   

16         dog is anesthetized and shall not prevent a person from   

17         causing or procuring the procedure by a veterinarian.   

18             (iii)  The possession by a person of a dog with the   

19         dewclaw cut off and with the wound resulting therefrom   

20         unhealed shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of   

21         this paragraph by the person, except as provided in this   

22         paragraph.   

23             (iv)  A person residing in or doing business in the                Commonwealth who procures the cutting off of the   

24         dewclaw of a dog shall record the [and keep the record of the]   

25         procedure including, but not limited to the name of the person performing the procedure, his or her qualification to perform the procedure, and the date and location at which it was performed.  The record shall be kept as long as the dog is in his or her possession and shall be transferred, with the dog.   

26     (h.1)  Animal fighting.--A person commits a felony of the   

27  third degree if he:   

28         (1)  for amusement or gain, causes, allows or permits any   

29     animal to engage in animal fighting;   

30         (2)  receives compensation for the admission of another    20080H2532B4327                  - 5 -