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File #: 170691    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/22/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/22/2017
Title: Calling on the Pennsylvania State Legislature to pass pending legislation to ensure adequate funding for the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which helps to protect the health and well being of dogs that are bred and sold in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Signature17069100.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
6/22/20170 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and Ordered Placed on This Week's Final Passage Calendar - Rules SuspendedPass  Action details Not available
6/22/20170 CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED   Action details Not available
Title
Calling on the Pennsylvania State Legislature to pass pending legislation to ensure adequate funding for the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which helps to protect the health and well being of dogs that are bred and sold in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia have historically endeavored to ensure humane treatment of dogs and other animals. For example, the Pennsylvania Legislature has passed progressive legislation to prevent abuses at irresponsible kennels and breeders, and provide services to animals that are sick or neglected. The City of Philadelphia has joined in these efforts, creating local protections for animals subject to cruelty and working to prevent inhumane breeding practices; and

WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement is the state agency responsible for administering a variety of programs aimed at ensuring the safety and well being of dogs and their human counterparts. These include: licensing and inspecting commercial kennels and breeders, providing shelter programs for stray dogs, investigating of claims of animal abuse, and responding to dog bites. Each year, the Bureau performs 5,000 kennel inspections to ensure animal well being, and provides shelter for 5,000 dogs until they can be reunited with their owners; and

WHEREAS, The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement is funded primarily by the dedicated Dog Law Restricted Account, which over the years has not kept pace with the Bureau's mandate to provide. Nearly 85% of funding to the Dog Law Restricted Account is generated by revenues from dog licensure, the fees for which have not changed in over 20 years. Increasing these difficulties, nearly $4 million was diverted from the Account in order to help balance the state budget in 2009, leaving the Account near insolvency; and

WHEREAS, In order to provide necessary protections for citizens and dogs in the Commonwealth, Se...

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