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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 31, 2017 12:50 PM
From: Representative Ed Neilson
To: All House members
Subject: Disclosure of Certain Information Regarding Dogs Offered for Sale at Pet Shops
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation 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.

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 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.

Introduced as HB1714