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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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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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The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team and its County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) opened dozens of shelters...

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The PA State Animal Response Team and its network of County Animal Response Teams were recognized by the PA Legislature during Disaster Preparedness Month and Animals in Disaster Week.

Read House Resolution 947 for yourself to learn a little more about this vital emergency planning effort.  Then consider volunteering at the PASART web site and contribute your canine knowledge to the community in which you live.

MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press Writer
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ― The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says the nonprofit group that enforces Pennsylvania's animal control laws doesn't qualify for immunity from lawsuits because of that work.

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