Amended Pennsylvania HB 2525 Passes Legislature

Pennsylvania House Bill 2525, which seeks to significantly update the Commonwealth’s dog law,...

Pennsylvania House Bill 2525, which seeks to significantly update the Commonwealth’s dog law, passed the state Senate yesterday after several amendments were made to the bill. Upon its passage, HB 2525 was returned to the state House of Representatives for its concurrence in the Senate’s amendments. The House did concur, and now the bill will be sent to Governor Ed Rendell’s desk for his signature. For the latest version of the bill, click here.

The American Kennel Club commends Governor Rendell, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and the many concerned stakeholders who, since late-2006, collectively crafted the compromise that assures that dogs are maintained in acceptable conditions while addressing concerns of Pennsylvania kennel owners, dog breeders, and dog owners.

The bill provides for the creation of the Canine Health Board, which shall determine the animal husbandry standards that will provide for the welfare of dogs in the Commonwealth. The AKC will continue to address those issues through the regulatory and enforcement processes.

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.