PRINTER'S NO. 98
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
132
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY ROTHMAN, HILL-EVANS, McNEILL, KEEFER, ZIMMERMAN
AND GLEIM, JANUARY 12, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS,
JANUARY 12, 2021
AN ACT
Amending the act of December 7, 1982 (P.L.784, No.225), entitled
"An act relating to dogs, regulating the keeping of dogs;
providing for the licensing of dogs and kennels; providing
for the protection of dogs and the detention and destruction
of dogs in certain cases; regulating the sale and
transportation of dogs; declaring dogs to be personal
property and the subject of theft; providing for the
abandonment of animals; providing for the assessment of
damages done to animals; providing for payment of damages by
the Commonwealth in certain cases and the liability of the
owner or keeper of dogs for such damages; imposing powers and
duties on certain State and local officers and employees;
providing penalties; and creating a Dog Law Restricted
Account," further providing for definitions.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The definition of "boarding kennel" in section
102 of the act of December 7, 1982 (P.L.784, No.225), known as
the Dog Law, is amended to read:
Section 102. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the
meanings given to them in this section:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
* * *
"Boarding kennel." Any establishment available to the
general public where a dog or dogs are housed for compensation
by the day, week or a specified or unspecified time. The term
shall not include a kennel where the practice of veterinary
medicine is performed if the kennel is covered by the provisions
of the act of December 27, 1974 (P.L.995, No.326), known as the
"Veterinary Medicine Practice Act." The term shall include any
boarding facility operated by a licensed doctor of veterinary
medicine whether or not this facility is on the same premises as
a building or structure subject to the provisions of the
"Veterinary Medicine Practice Act." The term shall include any
establishment available to the general public that, for
consideration, takes control of a dog from the owner for a
portion of a day for the purposes of exercise, day care or
entertainment of the dog. For the purpose of this term, each
time a dog enters the kennel it shall be counted as one dog.
This term does not include an establishment engaged only in dog
grooming or dog training or a residence with five or fewer dogs
housed for compensation.
* * *
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
20210HB0132PN0098 - 2 -
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22