October 28, 2008
Click here to watch CBS 3′s coverage of Gov. Rendell’s ceremonial signing of HB 2525 to strengthen laws against dog abuse in Pennsylvania.
October 11, 2008
Governor Rendell’s done it. A bill that calls for better conditions at dog kennels across Pennsylvania is now law. Rendell signed it late yesterday. The law imposes strict standards on commercial kennels. It requires larger cages and twice-a-year veterinary exams for dogs. Animal advocates say they hope the state will now shed its reputation as the puppy mill capital of.
October 9, 2008
A bill to reform the state’s dog laws is ready for the governor’s signature. The Pennsylvania Senate passed the bill by a vote of 49 to one. The move comes three weeks after the House OK’d the measure. It calls for bigger cages for dogs, requires annual vet checkups and cracks down on “inhumane puppy mills.” The rules would pertain to commercial kennels that provide dogs to dealers or that traffic in at least 60 dogs a year. Dog law reform gained momentum earlier this year, when two kennel owners in Maxatawny Township shot and killed 80 dogs instead of getting the dogs medical treatment. It was legal for the kennel owners to do so but it sparked an uproar.
October 8, 2008
The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Ed Rendell said Wednesday he will sign a bill intended to dramatically improve the care and treatment of dogs kept in Pennsylvania’s larger commercial kennels.
October 6, 2008
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Amy Worden has posted on the Commonwealth Confidential Blog about HB 2525 and a proposed amendment that almost gutted the bill in the Senate Appropriations Committee. She also writes about the grassroots lobbying effort that we launched this morning asking you to contact all 50 state senators and tell them not to weaken the bill with amendments like the one Worden mentions.
One small update to the story – as of 8pm Monday, October 6th, more than 3000 of you have sent emails to each of the senators. That’s 150,000 total emails in just 7 hours. Thank you so much for your help and support!
October 5, 2008
Chambersburg Public Opinion Online
It looks as though advocates for humane treatment of Pennsylvania’s dog breeding stock are in for a repeat of recent state House wrangling over an overhaul of the state’s dog law.
October 1, 2008
By Amy Worden
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
EMMAUS, Pa. — Agents with the Pennsylvania SPCA entered a Lehigh County dog kennel shortly after 1:30 p.m. in what some believe could be the largest puppy mill raid ever in the state.