An open letter to State Legislatures

Raise the Fee for PA Pups

19 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!

As a Pennsylvania dog lover, I care deeply about the health and well-being of dogs in Pennsylvania. The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement has been critical in achieving that goal. From protecting the welfare of dogs in kennels to those who find themselves lost on the streets, dog wardens protect both animal and human health and safety. This work must continue moving forward to improve upon this image and reputation by continuing to strengthen Pennsylvania’s Dog Laws and Cruelty Laws. This mission is now at risk. Fees from dog licenses, which fund Dog Law’s operation, have not increased in 25 years. The Dog Law fund is now negative and requires support from taxpayer dollars. Their only lifeline is the immediate passage of HB 526 and SB 232. The increase to dog license fees in this bill is minimal. For less than the cost of a dog toy, HB 526 and SB 232 would provide critical funding so that all shelters, dog owners and residents can continue to benefit from the services that are vital to the well-being of our community. There is so much at stake. Since establishing some of the most stringent requirements in 2008 for protecting dogs in commercial kennels, the state has made great progress to ensure dogs are treated humanely. Without SB 232 and HB 526, the state will not have the financial resources to continue its work, threatening to undo the progress made over the past seven years and putting dogs and puppies at greater risk of mistreatment and neglect. It will shift the financial burden for managing stray and dangerous dogs to the local government entities and private humane organizations and put an impossible and unfair strain on law enforcement to fill the gap. Shelters and humane organizations will be overburdened, and our residents will lack many services that ensure their safety. Furthermore, who will inspect breeding kennels, and who will ensure quality puppies are being sold to our residents? It is inconceivable that our reputation and image as the puppy mill capital of the east will quickly return to its former shame if there is no oversight of kennels. Please put your immediate support into the movement of this critical piece of legislation. Please pass House Bill 526 and Senate Bill 232 for the sake of our Commonwealth’s four-legged friends and their human companions.

First sent on June 2 by Dog Lovers of Pennsylvania · 3 signers in the past 24 hours

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