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Protect PA Pups 

The Department of Agriculture has been warning the legislature for nearly a decade that the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement (BDLE) was about to run out of money and that protections for all Pennsylvanians human and canine were at risk.

Since September 2020, BDLE has relied on Department General Fund support to maintain bare minimum operations. After nearly 30 years with the same $6.50 dog license fee and nearly 60 years with the same kennel fees to fund their vital work, BDLE is out of money.

Did you know that dog wardens are the only entity legally authorized to enter Pennsylvania's kennels – where dogs live and are bred – without a search warrant?

Did you know that the only way for Humane Society Police Officers to get a foot in the door to these places to seize animals, is following a cruelty referral from a dog warden?

The dogs that live in these places rely on dog wardens to be their eyes and ears.

If you want to rid Pennsylvania of bad actors who don't care for the health and wellbeing of dogs, see improved standards of care for dogs living in kennels, strengthened penalties for violators of the dog law, enhanced public safety with regards to dangerous dogs, and better customer service, show your support for Senate Bill 746. Contact your legislator.

Learn more about the problem in the 2022 Annual Report for the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.


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Senate Bill 746

​What's at Risk?