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PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 3772, 4030               PRINTER'S NO. 4327 

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIAHOUSE BILL No. 2532 Session of 2008       

INTRODUCED BY CALTAGIRONE, SHIMKUS, SANTONI, ADOLPH, BELFANTI, BENNINGTON, BEYER, BRENNAN, BUXTON, CAPPELLI, CARROLL, CASORIO, CIVERA, CRUZ, DALEY, J. EVANS, FABRIZIO, FRANKEL, GALLOWAY, GIBBONS, GOODMAN, GRUCELA, HARPER, JAMES,W. KELLER, KILLION, KOTIK, KULA, LENTZ, MAHER, MANDERINO, MARSHALL, MELIO, MOYER, MUSTIO, D. O'BRIEN, M. O'BRIEN, O'NEILL, PAYNE, PAYTON, PRESTON, RAYMOND, READSHAW, ROCK, RUBLEY, SCAVELLO, SIPTROTH, K. SMITH, M. SMITH, SOLOBAY, STURLA, SWANGER, J. TAYLOR, TRUE, WALKO, WATSON, J. WHITE, MICOZZIE, MAHONEY, YOUNGBLOOD, COHEN, DeLUCA, McCALL, EACHUS, HARKINS, HARHAI, McILVAINE SMITH, GINGRICH, SAMUELSON, DALLY, MANN, CONKLIN, THOMAS, SHAPIRO, PETRONE, HORNAMAN, R. TAYLOR, KORTZ, SAINATO, VULAKOVICH AND LEACH, MAY 14, 2008        

AS AMENDED ON SECOND CONSIDERATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008

AN ACT     

1  Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania    

2     Consolidated Statutes, further providing for cruelty to    

3     animals.     

4     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania    

5  hereby enacts as follows:    

6     Section 1.  Section 5511(h) and (h.1) of Title 18 of the    

7  Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are amended and the section    

8  is amended by adding a subsection to read:    

9  § 5511.  Cruelty to animals.   

10     * * *   

11     (h)  [Cropping ears of dog] SPECIFIC VIOLATIONS; prima facie   

12  evidence of violation.--      

1         (1)  (i)  A person commits a summary offense if he crops    

2         or cuts off, or causes or procures to be cropped or cut    

3         off, the whole[,] or part of the ear or ears of a dog [or    

4         shows or exhibits or procures the showing or exhibition    

5         of any dog whose ear is or ears are cropped or cut off,    

6         in whole or in part, unless the person showing [such] the    

7         dog has in his possession either a certificate of    

8         veterinarian stating that [such] the cropping was done by    

9         the veterinarian or a certificate of registration from a   

10         county treasurer[,] showing that [such] the dog was cut   

11         or cropped before this section became effective.]   

12             (ii)  The provisions of this section shall not   

13         prevent a veterinarian or a person for whom it is not otherwise a violation of act of the December 27, 1974 (P.L.995, No.326), known as the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, working under the immediate supervision of a veterinarian from cutting or cropping the whole   

14         or part of the ear or ears of a dog when [such] the dog   

15         is anesthetized[,] and shall not prevent any person from   

16         causing or procuring [such] the cutting or cropping of a   

17         dog's ear or ears by a veterinarian or other person authorized by this paragraph.   

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

19         ear or ears cut off or cropped and with the wound   

20         resulting therefrom unhealed, or any [such] such dog being   

21         found in the charge or custody of any person or confined   

22         upon the premises owned by or under the control of any   

23         person, shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of   

24         this subsection by [such] the person except as provided   

25         for in this subsection.  (iv)  A person residing in or doing business in the Commonwealth who procures the cutting or cropping of the whole or part of an ear of a dog shall record the 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     [The owner of any dog whose ear or ears have been cut off or   

27  cropped before this section became effective may, if a resident   

28  of this Commonwealth, register such dog with the treasurer of   

29  the county where he resides, and if a nonresident of this   

30  Commonwealth, with the treasurer of any county of this

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1  Commonwealth, by certifying, under oath, that the ear or ears of    

2  such dog were cut or cropped before this section became    

3  effective, and the payment of a fee of $1 into the county    

4  treasury. The said treasurer shall thereupon issue to such    

5  person a certificate showing such dog to be a lawfully cropped    

6  dog.]    

7         (2)  (i)  A person commits a summary offense if the    

8         person debarks a dog by cutting, causing or procuring the    

9         cutting of its vocal cords or by altering, causing or   

10         procuring the alteration of any part of its resonance   

11         chamber.   

12             (ii)  The provisions of this paragraph shall not   

13         prevent a veterinarian from cutting the vocal cords or   

14         otherwise altering the resonance chamber of a dog when   

15         the dog is anesthetized and shall not prevent a person   

16         from causing or procuring a debarking procedure by a   

17         veterinarian.   

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

19         vocal cords cut or the resonance chamber otherwise   

20         altered and with the wound resulting therefrom unhealed   

21         shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this   

22         paragraph by the person, except as provided in this   

23         paragraph.   

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

25         cords or the alteration of the resonance chamber of a dog   

26         shall record the 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.    27         (3)  (i)  A person commits a summary offense if the   

28         person docks, cuts off, causes or procures the docking or   

29         cutting off of the tail of a dog over three FIVE days      <--   

30         old.    20080H2532B4327                  - 3 -    


 

1             (ii)  The provisions of this paragraph shall not    

2         prevent a veterinarian from docking, cutting or cropping    

3         the whole or part of the tail of a dog when the dog is    

4         anesthetized AT LEAST 12 WEEKS OF AGE AND THE PROCEDURE    <--    

5         IS PERFORMED USING GENERAL ANESTHESIA and shall not    

6         prevent a person from causing or procuring the cutting or    

7         docking of a tail of a dog by a veterinarian AS PROVIDED   <--    

8         IN THIS PARAGRAPH.    

9             (iii)  The possession by a person of a dog with a   

10         tail cut off or docked and with the wound resulting   

11         therefrom unhealed shall be prima facie evidence of a   

 

12         violation of this paragraph by the person, except as   

13         provided in this paragraph.   

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

15         docking of a tail of a dog shall record the procedure[and   

16         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.    

17         (4)  (i)  A person commits a summary offense if the   

18         person surgically births or causes or procures a surgical   

19         birth.   

20             (ii)  The provisions of this section shall not   

21         prevent a veterinarian from surgically birthing a dog   

22         when the dog is anesthetized and shall not prevent any   

23         person from causing or procuring the birthing by a   

24         veterinarian.   

25             (iii)  The possession by a person of a dog nursing     <--   

26         puppies and with a wound resulting from a surgical birth   

27         unhealed shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of   

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

29         paragraph.   

30             (iv)  A person residing in or doing business in the Commonwealth who procures the surgical birth of a    20080H2532B4327                  - 4 -    


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 -    


 

     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 -    


 

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.