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February 06, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA

Auditor General DePasquale Fights for Adequate Funding to Continue Dog Law Enforcement Efforts

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.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_01.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Capitol Police community service dog Cappy, who was found abandoned as a puppy, serves as a reminder of why dog licensing is important in Pennsylvania, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_02.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Capitol Police community service dog Cappy enjoys attention from the media at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_03.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dog Law Enforcement Bureau Director Kristen Donmoyer discusses how budget shortfalls have impacted her department's efforts to keep dogs safe, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_04.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Capitol Police community service dog Cappy exits the stage following a press conference on dog law enforcement funding, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_05.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Capitol Police community service dog Cappy, who was found abandoned as a puppy, serves as a reminder of why dog licensing is important in Pennsylvania, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_06.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Auditor General DePasquale advocates for sufficient funding for the Dog Law Enforcement Bureau to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania's dogs, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_07.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Capitol Police community service dog Cappy, who was found abandoned as a puppy, serves as a reminder of why dog licensing is important in Pennsylvania, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_08.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Auditor General DePasquale warns that the Dog Law Enforcement Bureau may run out of money by summer and discusses the consequences of inadequate funding, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_09.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dog Law Enforcement Bureau Director Kristen Donmoyer discusses how budget shortfalls have impacted her department's efforts to keep dogs safe, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_10.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Capitol Police community service dog Cappy, who was found abandoned as a puppy, serves as a reminder of why dog licensing is important in Pennsylvania, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_11.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dog Law Enforcement Bureau Director Kristen Donmoyer discusses how budget shortfalls have impacted her department's efforts to keep dogs safe, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_12.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Auditor General DePasquale warns that the Dog Law Enforcement Bureau may run out of money by summer and discusses the consequences of inadequate funding, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17734_AUD_GEN_DOG_LICENSING_CZ_13.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Capitol Police community service dog Cappy, who was found abandoned as a puppy, serves as a reminder of why dog licensing is important in Pennsylvania, at the Harrisburg Capitol on February 6, 2020.