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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 7, 2015 11:58 AM
From: Representative Kevin J. Schreiber
To: All House members
Subject: Requiring the Display of Certain Information Regarding Dogs at Pet Shops
 
In the near future, I plan on re-introducing legislation (House Bill 1759) that would require pet shops in the Commonwealth to display certain information on the cages of dogs that are offered for sale.

As you may know, Act 119 of 2008 amended the Dog Law to raise the standards for dogs in breeding facilities in the state. Requirements placed on newly designated commercial kennels were intended not only to improve living conditions for these animals, but also to provide for healthier and better socialized dogs to the general public.

According to a report issued by Auditor General DePasquale, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Dog Law Enforcement Office failed to enforce key provisions of Act 119 of 2008, including those relative to the standards for dogs at commercial kennels. Even if these standards are more stringently enforced, dogs will still be available at pet shops from breeding facilities that many would consider less than ideal, since many pet shops also obtain their dogs from breeding facilities outside of the Commonwealth. Breeding facilities that provide dogs to pet shops typically provide little, if any, information about the health or genetic history of their dogs.

As such, in an effort to provide consumers with valuable information to help them make better informed decisions regarding the purchase of a dog, the legislation that I will be re-introducing would require pet shops to display information regarding the dog, including the breed, age, and date of birth of the dog; the state in which the breeder of the dog is located; breeder licensing information; and any documentation of inoculations, worming treatments, and other medical treatments.

Please join me in supporting this legislation to ensure that Pennsylvania families are bringing home a healthy pet when they choose to do business with a pet shop.

Previous Co-sponsors: SCHREIBER, NEILSON, O'NEILL, SCHLOSSBERG, WATSON, MILLARD, ROZZI, KIM, YOUNGBLOOD, KORTZ, COHEN, HAGGERTY, K. BOYLE, V. BROWN, BOBACK, DiGIROLAMO, SWANGER, BROWNLEE, R. MILLER, SCAVELLO, GILLESPIE, TOEPEL, FRANKEL, SABATINA, DERMODY, READSHAW, KAVULICH, MUNDY, CALTAGIRONE, SANTARSIERO, KINSEY, PAINTER, FARRY, GAINEY, D. MILLER, WHITE, SIMMONS, M. DALEY, HARHAI, BRIGGS, W. KELLER, MICOZZIE and SAMUELSON


Introduced as HB492