A Bill that was fast-tracked through the PA House of Representatives, Senate and signed by Governor Wolf is not what it claims to be. The statements to the media by its sponsors imply that it is only a restructuring of existing Cruelty Laws and some increase in the category of some of those offenses (i.e. from a summary offense to third degree misdemeanor). While those elements are in the House Bill 1238, there are also some troubling provisions in it that are not part of current PA Law.  This new Law is a disaster for anyone who values their Liberty and Rights.


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1     3712 (relating to training program) and 3713 (relating to    

2     continuing education program).    

3         (3)  A State dog warden shall have no authority under    

4     this subsection to seize any dog except pursuant to the    

5     search of a kennel premises for which a search warrant has    

6     been issued in accordance with the applicable provisions of     

7     the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. A State dog    

8     warden shall not file, obtain or execute any search warrant    

9     unless the warden has complied with the requirements for   

10     prior approval under 22 Pa.C.S. § 3710 (relating to search   

11     warrants). The authority of a dog warden to obtain or execute   

12     search warrants or to seize dogs under this section shall not   

13     exceed the authority under subsection (l).    14         (4)  This subsection shall not be construed as modifying,   

15     rescinding or superseding any authority of State dog wardens   

16     under the Dog Law.   

17     * * *   

18     Section 2.  This act shall take effect as follows:   

19         (1)  The amendment of 18 Pa.C.S. § 5511(h.1) shall take   

20     effect in 60 days.   

21         (2)  The remainder of this act shall take effect

22     immediately.