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     person to any place kept or used for animal fighting;    

2         (3)  owns, possesses, keeps, trains, promotes, purchases,    

3     steals or acquires in any manner or knowingly sells any    

4     animal for animal fighting;    

5         (4)  in any way knowingly encourages, aids or assists    

6     therein;    

7         (5)  wagers on the outcome of an animal fight;    

8         (6)  pays for admission to an animal fight or attends an    

9     animal fight as a spectator; or    

10         (7)  knowingly permits any place under his control or   

11     possession to be kept or used for animal fighting.   

12  [This subsection shall not apply to activity undertaken in a    13  normal agricultural operation.]    14     * * *    15     (o.2)  Limited authority to enforce summary offenses in   

16  certain counties.--   

17         (1)  A State dog warden who has authority under section   

18     901(a) of the act of December 7, 1982 (P.L.784, No.225),   

19     known as the Dog Law, shall have authority to enforce this   

20     section in a county in which there is no humane society   

21     police officer appointed under 22 Pa.C.S. Ch. 37 (relating to   

22     humane society police officers). Authority provided under   

23     this subsection may only be exercised in the enforcement of   

24     summary offenses particular to acts or omissions on dogs in   

25     the operation of an establishment licensed or required to be   

26     licensed as a kennel under the Dog Law.    27         (2)  A State dog warden shall have no enforcement   

28     authority under this subsection unless the warden has    29     successfully completed all of the minimum requirements for    30     initial training and additional training under 22 Pa.C.S. §§    20080H2532B4327                  - 6 -