Newsflash

We have known for about a year that the Dog Law Restricted Account would go into the red if current licensing levels continued and fees stayed where they are. Fees have not changed since 1996.

 

House Bill HB1463 would raise individual Dog Licensing fees as follows:

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Newsflash

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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We have known for about a year that the Dog Law Restricted Account would go into the red if current licensing levels continued and fees stayed where they are. Fees have not changed since 1996.

 

House Bill HB1463 would raise individual Dog Licensing fees as follows:

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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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Despite some good amendments to the Bill as requested by the Governor Corbin's office,  HB82 of 2013 has a major flaw that would allow your animals to be taken from you and placed in new homes before your day in court.  It is now Law!

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HB39 has passed the Senate Agriculture committee after being amended as we requested.  We did not get everything we wanted but what was signed into Law was reasonable in our opinion. 

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