PRINTER'S NO.  2473

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

418

Session of

2009

  

  

INTRODUCED BY HANNA, BEAR, BEYER, BRENNAN, BROOKS, CALTAGIRONE, CONKLIN, D. COSTA, DALEY, DeLUCA, DONATUCCI, ELLIS, EVERETT, FAIRCHILD, FLECK, GEIST, GIBBONS, GRUCELA, HARHAI, HARHART, HARRIS, HELM, HENNESSEY, HESS, HOUGHTON, KIRKLAND, KORTZ, KRIEGER, MAHONEY, MANN, MENSCH, MILLARD, MOUL, M. O'BRIEN, O'NEILL, PALLONE, PARKER, PASHINSKI, PAYNE, PEIFER, PHILLIPS, PICKETT, PYLE, QUINN, READSHAW, ROSS, SAINATO, SANTONI, SCAVELLO, SEIP, SIPTROTH, STABACK, TALLMAN, TRUE, VEREB, VULAKOVICH, WATSON, YOUNGBLOOD AND DELOZIER, JULY 17, 2009

  

  

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, JULY 17, 2009  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Congratulating the American Kennel Club on the occasion of the

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125th anniversary of its founding in the City of Philadelphia

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and designating the month of September 2009 as "American

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Kennel Club Month" in Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, The House of Representatives takes great pride in

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recognizing organizations dedicated to providing for the welfare

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of dogs and the strengthening of the human-dog bond; and

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WHEREAS, On September 17, 1884, a group of 12 dedicated

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sportsmen, responding to a "meeting call," met in the rooms of

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the Philadelphia Kennel Club at the northeast corner of 13th and

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Market Streets; and

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WHEREAS, Each member of the group was a representative or

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delegate from a dog club that had, in the recent past, held a

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benched dog show or had run field trials; and

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WHEREAS, This new "Club of Clubs" was, in fact, the American

 


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Kennel Club (AKC); and

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WHEREAS, The AKC, headquartered in New York City, with an

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operations center in Raleigh, North Carolina, operates the

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world's largest registry of purebred dogs, is the nation's

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leading not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement,

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study, responsible breeding, care and ownership of dogs and is

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the only registry that incorporates health screening results

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into its permanent dog records; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC offers the largest and most comprehensive

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set of DNA programs for the purposes of parentage verification

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and genetic identity to ensure reliable registration records;

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and

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WHEREAS, The AKC created and supports the Canine Health

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Foundation (CHF), which funds research projects focusing on the

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genetics of disease, the canine genome map and clinical studies

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and has donated more than $22 million to the CHF since 1995; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC approves, sanctions and regulates the events

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of its 609 member clubs and monitors more than 4,000 licensed

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and sanctioned clubs throughout the United States which hold

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events under AKC rules and regulations; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC in 2008 sanctioned or regulated 22,630

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sporting events that included breed conformation, agility,

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obedience, earthdog, herding, field trial, retrieving, pointing,

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tracking and coonhound events; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC honors the canine-human bond, advocates for

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the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health

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and well-being and works to protect the rights of all dog

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owners; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC promotes responsible dog ownership and

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breeding practices and supports thousands of volunteers and

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teachers from affiliated clubs across the country that teach

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responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC founded and supports the AKC Humane Fund,

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which promotes the joy and value of responsible pet ownership by

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supporting breed rescue activities, educating adults and

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children about responsible dog ownership and by assisting human-

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services organizations that permit domestic abuse victims access

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to shelters with their pets; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC trains and employs kennel inspectors and

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conducts more than 5,200 kennel inspections each year; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC promotes responsible dog ownership, care and

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handling of dogs to more than 21,000 youths 9 to 18 years of age

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enrolled in its National Junior Organization; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC established the AKC Canine Good Citizen

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program, which certifies dogs with good manners at home and in

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the community; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC created and operates DOGNY - America's

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Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs, which supports canine search

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and rescue organizations across the United States; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC annually awards $170,000 in scholarships to

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veterinary and veterinary technical students; and

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WHEREAS, The AKC has reunited more than 340,000 lost pets and

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their owners through the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Program;

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and

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WHEREAS, The AKC maintains the world's largest dog library

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and the Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, which houses one of the

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world's largest collections of dog-related fine art and

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artifacts, both of which are open to the public; therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives congratulate the

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American Kennel Club on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of

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its founding in the City of Philadelphia and designate the month

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of September 2009 as "American Kennel Club Month" in

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Pennsylvania; and be it further

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RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the House of

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Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania transmit

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copies of this resolution to the American Kennel Club, 260

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Madison Avenue, New York, New York.

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