February 06, 2020
- Harrisburg, PA
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued a special report showing the state's Dog Law Enforcement Bureau has been deprived of the resources it needs to keep dogs safe."The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement may run out of money this summer," DePasquale warned. "It's time for Pennsylvania to make sure it is adequately funding dog law enforcement."The new special report follows up on DePasquale's 2013 performance audit of the bureau, which operates within the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The bureau is tasked with ensuring the welfare of dogs and puppies in kennels and boarding facilities. It also oversees annual licensure and checks rabies vaccinations for dogs.The 2013 audit cited a lack of enforcement of the dog law and commercial kennel canine health regulations from 2008 to 2012. It also found numerous problems with restricted dog law funds being used for unrelated purposes.