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February 12, 2020 - Lancaster, PA

Ag Secretary Reminds Dog Owners of Licensing Responsibilities During 'Love Your Dog Month'

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities. Sec. Redding was joined by Rachael Eshleman and her dog Riley, who were victims of a dog attack in 2018, and others whose work and lives intersect daily with the department's work to enforce Pennsylvania's dog law.

"Rachael Eshleman and Riley should never have been attacked," Secretary Redding said. "The work of our dog wardens helps ensure that no one else suffers from the terrifying injuries caused by an irresponsible dog owner and a dangerous dog.

"The most important responsibility is to license your dog. That ensures that they won't end up in a shelter if they get lost, but it also ensures that dog wardens will continue to protect our communities and the animals we all love."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jennifer Nields, human law enforcement officer with the Pennsylvania SPCA, holds Spot, a 2-year-old French bulldog, during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Detective Joanne Resh, with the Lancaster County Defense Attorney's Office, left, smiles with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, right, as Jennifer Nields, human law enforcement officer with the Pennsylvania SPCA, center, holds Spot, a 2-year-old French bulldog, during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Dog license forms are pictured before a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Lancaster County Treasurer Amber Martin, whose office issues dog licenses to county residents, speaks during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A proclamation is pictured during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Riley, the 4-year-old German shepherd, gets cozy during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Rachael Eshleman speaks about her experience with a dog attack during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Law Enforcement and Shelter Services Nicole Wilson speaks during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_013.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17737_AGRIC_Dog_License_NK_014.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Senator Scott Martin speaks during a press conference, which recognized Love Your Dog Month in Pennsylvania, reminding dog owners that a dog license is key to the safety and security of their dogs, their families and their communities, inside the Lancaster SPCA on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.