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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2014 01:09 PM
From: Senator Richard L. Alloway, II
To: All Senate members
Subject: Kennel License Revocation and No New Kennel Licenses for Immediate Family Members
In the near future I will be reintroducing legislation will amend Act 225 (Dog Law), PL 784, of 1982 by stating that if a kennel license has been revoked within the last ten years; no new kennel license shall be issued to a person who is a member of the immediate family of the convicted person who seeks to operate a kennel at the same location as the convicted person unless the immediate family member shows by clear and convincing evidence that the convicted person will have no ownership interest in the kennel and play no role in the care of the dogs or the management of the kennel. If the Secretary subsequently determines that that convicted person has ownership interest, cares for the dogs, or manages the kennel, the license to operate the kennel shall be permanently revoked.

The reason for the introduction of this legislation is simple - I was informed of an incident where a kennel owner was cited for violations and the license was revoked. The owners wife then applied for a kennel license and was issued the license with the stipulation that her husband could not touch the animals.

This legislation will work to further strengthen penalties for cruelty and protect the animals throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

This legislation was SB1107 of 2013.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB78