The rescue/shelter only sales in pet stores bill SB1154 was passed by the PA Senate Judiciary Committee 12-2-1 on Tuesday October 2nd.  Thank you Senators Eichelberger and Gordner for opposing this counter-productive legislation.  Now is the time to take action, before it is considered by the full Senate.


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SB54 makes various changes to the Puppy Lemon Law, such as requiring that the releasing agency shall provide a new owner of a dog with a health record for the dog at the time of adoption, extends the timeframe that a hereditary or congenital condition must be certified by a veterinarian from within 30 days to 90 days of the purchase, among other things. The bill also provided that a dog shall not be unfit for purchase because of a health problem, which, in addition to a health certificate or guarantee of good health required under the law, is separately disclosed by the seller in writing at the time of sale. Such disclosure shall be signed by both the seller and the purchaser at the time of the sale and shall be documented in the health certificate or guarantee of good health. We support.

Some radical animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of
the United States (HSUS) are pushing this idea because Pennsylvania “gets
bad grades for its Cruelty Laws.” The problem is, those same groups are
the ones handing out the bad grades. This is probably because the
Legislature has not passed a lot of their radical agenda.


A Bill that addresses the issue of removing animals from vehicles in extreme temperatures is moving through the PA Senate. This Bill responsibly limits the authority to police officers, humane officers, firemen and other first responders.

We are concerned however that there is no protection for dog owners if the animal bites or harms the person removing the animal. Many dogs are very protective of their cars and will not understand if those breaking
in are there to help them.
Another concern is protection of dog owners should the authority be misused. While we would all love to think that everyone exercising such authority is doing so with the best intentions to help the animals, we have seen cases where similar authority was misused (i.e. the Willard dog seizure case).
We would like to see the following amendments to SB636:
(2) A person who witnesses an act under paragraph (1) may contact a police officer, a volunteer or professional fireman, humane officer, security guard or other first responder, who may take any reasonable and necessary action to safeguard the dog or cat, including, but not limited to, breaking into the motor vehicle to remove the dog or cat from the unattended motor vehicle after a reasonable effort to search for the owner or operator of the unattended motor vehicle.
(3) A police officer, a volunteer or professional fireman, humane officer, security guard or other first responder, and the department or agency employing the officer, is not liable for any damage to property resulting from reasonable and necessary actions taken under this section.
(4) A person whose dog or cat is removed from an unattended vehicle under this section shall not be liable for any injury to property or persons during the period that the dog or cat is under possession or control of another.


Colonial Rottweiler Club PFDC OCOutstanding PFDC Member Club for 2015

  • Colonial Rottweiler Club (pictured is CRC Delegate to the PFDC Kelly Skiptunas and PFDC Board member Dr. Elaine Miller) and the Delaware County Kennel Club share the top award. They received a certificate and $150.00 each.
  • Old York Dog Training Club received a first honorable mention certificate and $75.00
  • Suburban Dog Training Club received a second honorable mention certificate and $50.00
  • Liberty English Cocker Spaniel Club received a third honorable mention certificate and $25 check

Congratulations to all these clubs for their efforts to reach out to the public! We know they are not alone and we encourage our member clubs to let us know what they're up to.

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.