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June 14, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

ADVISORY - Secretary of Agriculture, Second Lady, Legislators Urge Pennsylvanians to Be the Voice for PA Pups

Joined by Second Lady Gisele Fetterman and Levi Fetterman, the Fetterman family dog, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and dog law advocates Senator Judy Schwank and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski rallied at the Capitol calling on Pennsylvanian's to ask their legislator to save the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement and their invaluable work by supporting Senate Bill 232 and House Bill 526.

The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement works to crack down on illegal puppy mills and kennels, ensure the health and welfare of dogs living in breeding kennels and throughout Pennsylvania, inspect licensed kennels to ensure proper standards, monitor and track dangerous dogs, investigate dog bites and provide justice to victims, investigate attacks on livestock and provide indemnification to farmers, and reunite lost dogs with families or help them find shelter until they find a new forever home. This work is at significant risk as they've been unable to fill critical warden vacancies across the commonwealth and are barely able to keep up with minimum mandated requirements due to a funding crisis created by inaction to raise the dog license fee - which has been the same for more than 25 years - that funds their work.