HARRISBURG – Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr.’s (R-47) Dog Law Modernization Bill is one step closer to becoming law as it advances from the Pennsylvania House and heads to Governor Josh Shapiro’s desk.
Senate Bill 746 focuses on modernizing various aspects covered under the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement (BDLE) to improve its overall functionality and efficiency such as simplifying licensing for dog owners, enhancing public safety and animal welfare protections; and improving customer service.
“I am pleased to see this legislation near the finish line and share my gratitude for the support my colleagues in both chambers have shown to this critical issue,” said Vogel. “I have worked diligently with the Department of Agriculture and other stakeholders to ensure updates to our Dog Law would benefit the BDLE and prioritize resident and animal safety.”
Specifically, this legislation provides long-awaited updates which include establishing an online licensing website for counties that do not currently offer one; creating a statewide licensing database; increasing licensing and kennel fees; creating clarifying “dangerous dog” determinations; requiring kennels to notify the Department of Agriculture of updates to their type or classification; updating rescue network kennel licensing and related documentation of foreign dogs; revoking kennel licenses when the kennel is charged with animal cruelty; requiring transparency of both the source of a dog and the identifying seller’s license information in advertisements; ensuring proof of licensure is provided when requested by the appropriate authorities; and increasing criminal penalties for law violators.
Vogel’s bill now awaits a signature from Governor Shapiro.
CONTACT: Abby Chiumento, 717-787-3076 (Vogel)