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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 8, 2021 02:58 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Lost Dog Registry
I plan to reintroduce legislation to establish a 24-hour Lost Dog Hotline and online Lost Dog Registry within the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement in the state Department of Agriculture.

Many dogs are lost and found on weekends and after normal business hours, prompting most Pennsylvanians to call 9-1-1 to report a pet that has been either lost or found. Many people also post to Facebook, but their reach is limited by geography and their social connections. Printed flyers, posters, and classified ads are more traditional ways to notify surrounding neighborhoods of a lost or recovered pet, but technology has opened up whole new avenues to more easily facilitate pet – pet-owner reunions.

Unfortunately, technology can be misused. Recently, a Lancaster County nonprofit, which claims to reunite hundreds of dogs with their owners each year via their Facebook page, was accused of demanding a donation –a form of “ransom”-- before they would inform pet owners of their pet’s whereabouts.

Under my legislation, those who have both lost and found dogs will have access to a no-cost, “one-stop-shop” clearinghouse of information about dogs at the state level, via a telephone hotline, a Facebook page and an online reporting system. By sharing information quickly and easily in one centralized information bank, more dogs can be returned to their rightful owners.

This legislation was Senate Bill 29 of last session, which Senators Fontana, Santarsiero, Dinniman, Brewster, Killion, Costa, Haywood, Tartaglione and Collett joined me in cosponsoring.

Introduced as SB476