PA Update: HR 89 Passes Committee, Advances to House Floor
The Pennsylvania House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee approved House Resolution 89 on Tuesday, March 1. It is expected that it could be considered by the full House of Representatives as early as Monday, March 7.
There has been some misunderstanding of the nature House Resolution 89. This positive measure is a non-binding resolution that simply calls for a study into the economic impact of the laws passed in 2008 and subsequent regulations or codes that have been written to promulgate the 2008 law. It also recognizes the positive impact that responsible breeders have on the state's economy and the resources they devote to breeding dogs in a responsible manner.
The AKC is extremely concerned about the well-being of dogs and takes a very strong line on animal cruelty. We advocate for legislation that ensures the health and welfare of dogs is protected, without creating undue burdens on the responsible dog breeders who take good care of their animals and provide citizens with healthy, well-socialized puppies.
HR 89 will ensure that when the regulations go into effect in July 2011, they will be effective, reasonable, and enforceable. This is essential in ensuring the health and well-being of dogs in Pennsylvania.