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PFDC Opposes Pet Limits as Missing the Point

Many communities like Waynesboro PA try to deal with issues of animal cruelty and irresponsible pet ownership by limiting the number of pets its citizens may keep. The PA Federation of Dog Clubs agrees with a handful of court decisions across the country that conclude such laws miss the mark.

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How did it happen and why we recommend the endorsement of Senator Mastriano for PA Governor

During 2021, the PFDC Legislative Committee received requests for assistance from various individuals throughout the Commonwealth whose dogs had been confiscated by deception, intimidation, harassment, threats, missing due process and other unethical means. These individuals were charged with cruelty and several cases are still on going as of this writing. The majority of charges against these individuals were simple things that most responsible breeders would consider normal occurrences, such as 'cloudy water in outside buckets', ear mites, nail trimming, etc.  None of these individuals had the number of dogs required for a PA kennel license. The majority of these dogs were considered 'high dollar purebreds'.  In these situations, the dogs were confiscated and made to disappear.  The legislative committee worked side by side with these devastated individuals, their families and children to help them including locating proper legal representation.  We contacted those Senators and House Representatives that we had already formed relationships with and advised them of the abuse of Constitutional Rights that were permitted under Governor Wolfe's Libre's Law. 

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PFDC logoPFDC Statement on Victoria’s Bill

Senate Bill 234 and House Bill 1299 have been introduced, so here is why we DO NOT SUPPORT this proposal…

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A huge thank you to the members of the Penn Treaty Kennel Club for their donation of $750 to the PA State Animal Response Team for continued operations expenses.  With this donation, the total given to PASART by the PA Federation of Dog Clubs and its member canine organizations to $1600!  We are certainly doing our part to keep this vital emergency program in place for our dogs and their owners going forward.

Or change the leadership structure to elect a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary from the volunteer Board and have those officers run the daily operations of the organization.

The Federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security that funded the start up of the PA State Animal Response Team have dried up.  Unless and until there is another large scale terrorist attack or major natural disaster, we do not anticipate that focus will return to such civil defense matters.  As a result, PASART no longer has the ability to pay an Executive Director.  Mr. Joel Hersh continues in that position as a volunteer at this point which the PFDC finds totally unacceptable.

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Now the PA State Animal Response Team Needs Our Help!

After sheltering dozens of pets through recent ice storms, TS Irene, TS Lee and Superstorm Sandy, and many smaller disasters, a drying up of Federal grant funding endangers this vital effort.

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