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Monday, December 24, 2007

THREE CHEERS for Pennsylvania!

Three cheers for the governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, who recently proposed changes in kennel laws which would make them the strongest in the entire country. He wants to eliminate wire-floor cages and eliminate at-home medical procedures and ban anyone convicted of animal cruelty from holding a kennel license. He is pushing to improve conditions for dogs in 2,600 commercial kennels statewide. The most significant changes would be larger cage sizes with exercise runs and veterinary care requirements. He is also proposing increased fines and would ban stacking cages and wire-floor cages which cause significant health problems. The bill also requires that old or sick animals be euthanized only by veterinarians. Sadly, it's legal in PA to destroy a dog by shooting it.

Sickened by puppy mills which were largely overlooked for many years, he fired all the members of the Dog Law Advisory Board, hired more kennel inspection staff, a new deputy secretary, and a special prosecutor in the Bureau of Dog Law addition to the sweeping kennel regulations he is proposing.

Three Cheers for my Governor!! The photos are my favorite "under the tree" pictures, my cats "Sassy" and "Lily".

posted by Daisylouu at 12/24/2007 09:43:00 AM


Blogger Sandy said...

That's great! Laws need to be strengthened all over, but especially in the South who lags way behind.

Do you think legislators will actually pass those measures into law? I hope so!

I wonder what he means by eliminating "at home" medical procedures. Here you can give your pets all shots and vaccines except rabies. Shelters like Cats Are Us or Inge need to be able to do that, because to have to use a vet for all of that would add a lot to their cost. I'm sure legitimate rescues would be exempt.

As to puppy mills. I can't believe in this day and age we can't stop that practice. And one of the worst offenders, in PA and in the nation, are the Amish people, who are big for-profit puppy mill operators. Yes people, it's true.

It's also why NO ONE SHOULD EVER BUY A DOG FROM A PET STORE! No legitimate breeder would EVER sell to a pet store, which in turns sells a dog to anyone no questions asked. You are asking for all kinds of problems with these pets. Many become sick and have genetic problems, because their parents are bred over and over regarless of health issues, to churn out as many pups as possible for PROFIT. Plus, you are enabling puppy mills and backyard breeders to stay in business. If no one bought from these people, they would go out of business.

Monday, December 24, 2007 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Way to go Penn Gov!!!
This is the start to what i hope other states will be following...

Love the pictures... Now my question... do they knock over the village under the tree while getting to thier spots or do you leave them a pathway? My mom leaves a pathway for her furry ones to get into their favorite tree spots.... Beautiful babies you have Daisy!

Monday, December 24, 2007 2:12:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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