The House of Representatives today voted in favor of legislation that would require Pennsylvania kennels to abide by new regulations, which would create new kennel classes, redefine the meaning and standards for commercial kennels, set fees for individual and kennel licenses and add new penalties and enforcement authority, said Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), a co-sponsor of the bill.
“As a dog owner and a person who believes every animal should be treated humanely, I have co-sponsored legislation to ensure those persons who are breeding large numbers of dogs are adhering to proper health and safety measures,” said Adolph. “The recent news stories in Pennsylvania of dogs in kennels being mistreated, malnourished, lacking veterinary care and being shot as a method of euthanasia is cruel and unusual and needs to end.”
House Bill 2525, if passed into law, would place requirements on commercial kennels, including such things as:
How primary enclosures are constructed.
Exercise and outdoor space requirements.
A commercial kennel is defined as a kennel that breeds or whelps dogs and sells or transfers any dog to a dealer or pet shop or sells or transfers more than 60 dogs per calendar year. There are approximately 2,700 licensed kennels of all types and size in Pennsylvania. It is estimated that approximately 650 would be considered commercial kennels under the proposed definition.
“This particular business has gone too long without proper supervision and regulations,” said Adolph. “House Bill 2525 will help protect these animals and make sure consumers who purchase these dogs are getting healthy, well-cared-for pets.”
Adolph noted that one component of the bill that would affect all dog owners is the increase in fees for having an unlicensed dog, which would be raised from $25 to $50.
Compliance with various aspects of the law would take 60 days to 180 days.
House Bill 2525 now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
Rep. William F. Adolph, Jr.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Tricia Lehman
House Republican Public Relations