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PA Update: Animal Seizure Bill Continues to Advance - Contact the Senate!

(Monday, July 01, 2013)

House Bill 82, which could violate the rights of responsible animal owners, is expected to be scheduled for a vote in the Senate at any time. The bill was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it was further amended this week. While several positive amendments have been made, the measure could still force owners to relinquish their animals when they are charged with animal cruelty, regardless of whether the charges are ultimately dismissed.

Read AKC’s previous Legislative Alert for more information on House Bill 82.

Pennsylvania residents are strongly encouraged to contact your State Senator TODAY and express your concerns with House Bill 82. If you are not able to speak with the legislator or staff directly, we encourage you to leave a voice mail thanking them for the amendments and expressing your concerns with this measure as it is currently written.

To find the name and contact information for your Senator, visit the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s “Find Your Legislator” page. A full list of Pennsylvania State Senators and their contact information can be found here.

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will provide updates as they become available. For questions or more information, contact the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs at pennfedlaw@verizon.net or AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.