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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 5, 2021 12:50 PM
From: Representative Scott Conklin
To: All House members
Subject: Policing for Pet Protection
We have all seen it, a dog with limited or no shelter left outside to endure the harshness of extreme weather conditions. Many of us have probably wondered if there was anything that we could do to protect these beloved animals. In fact, residents in my district were recently confronted with this dilemma after a house fire occurred in my legislative district and required the rescue of several dogs. While the dogs were not harmed, they were left without shelter during very cold weather. This left residents concerned about the dogs’ well-being. Acting as responsible Pennsylvanians, they attempted to contact state and local officials with the authority to help the dogs, but consistently reported having difficulty contacting state and local officers who had the authority to inspect and intervene in emergency situations of this nature. This left many of them feeling frustrated and helpless in their effort to protect these vulnerable animals.

This is why I am proposing that counties be allowed to employ specially trained County Humane Officers who would have the authority to assess animal cruelty issues and who would be empowered to enforce animal control provisions. In order to be eligible to serve as a County Humane Officer, an individual would be required to meet the training requirements contained in the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statues as related to Dog Law.

To make this possible, I ask that you join me in supporting legislation that would provide for County Humane Officers. It is imperative that we have specially trained officers who have the knowledge and authority to quickly assess the conditions of animals in dangerous situations and immediately act to protect them.

They say that the greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane. This legislation is key to ensuring the safety of our beloved animals. Please show your support by signing on to this important legislation. Defenseless animals are depending on you.
This bill was previously introduced as House Bill 822 of the 2019-2020 legislative session.