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Dog bill amendments pass unanimously in both Pennsylvania chambers; head to Shapiro’s desk to get his signature

Dog bill amendments pass unanimously in both Pennsylvania chambers; head to Shapiro’s desk to get his signature

Dog bill amendments pass unanimously in both Pennsylvania chambers; head to Shapiro’s desk to get his signature

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Pennsylvania kennels near state lines and dog rescues across Pennsylvania can breathe a sigh of relief after a final legislative act Wednesday sent legislation amending the state’s dog law to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s desk for his signature.

On Wednesday, the state Senate unanimously passed a bill (aligned with a bill passed unanimously by the House last week) that gives kennels relief from restrictions they say were causing them to lose significant amounts of business if they were near state lines, due to the new difficulties of housing a dog in Pennsylvania rather than in neighboring states for residents of those states. The bill also gives dog rescues relief from having to fully quarantine dogs from other states before making them available for adoption.


The bills were sponsored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York County) and Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery County).

Last year, the legislature significantly updated the state’s long-standing dog law. Supporters hoped the changes would protect dogs and their owners from, for example, exposure to sick dogs in kennels or rescue centers.

But after kennels and rescues howled, the bill’s sponsor admitted that some of the changes caused unintended consequences that went beyond protecting dogs and people and instead hampered dog sheltering and rescue operations.