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PA Bill to Allow Local Breed Specific Legislation

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by Vicki, May 23, 2008.

  1. robinb

    robinb Puppy

    www.hellobully.com has a petition ready in a pdf file for download and printing. Scroll down to the bottom of the homepage for the link. If 10 people get 100 signatures, that's a thousand signatures. If 20 people get 200 signatures, etc.

    I'm going door-to-door. I'm not going to be shy. I'm also asking every tattoo shop and vegan coffee shop and hipster hangout in my city to house petitions. I'm on my way to get some clipboards right now!!! I'm telling everyone I see in my regular neighborhood park. They never heard of such a thing as BSL, and they're horrified.

    Regular folks are on our side!
  2. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    I sent a message to all the people you posted, Purple. I used my parent's mailing address since they live in PA. Let's hope we talk some sense into them.
  3. scratchin dog

    scratchin dog Little Dog

    I got a positive response from State Representative Peter J. Daley.

    June 3, 2008
    RE: House Bill 2553
    Thank you for your email correspondence concerning House Bill 2553, which will provide regulations for dangerous dogs. I appreciate the time and effort you have taken to apprise me of your thoughts on this matter. I am genuinely grateful for your input, especially given the magnitude of this important issue.
    As former Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee and current committee member, issues of this nature are of great importance to me.
    Concerns about dangerous dogs have caused many local governments to consider supplementing existing animal control laws with ordinances directed toward control of specific breeds or types of dogs.
    I would like to inform you that I will not support any breed specific legislation for dangerous dogs. From extensive conversation with veterinarians, I believe it to be an erroneous response to this problem.
    In the past, I have introduced legislation that would provide for more rigorous laws concerning dangerous dogs, but none of these bills have been breed specific.
    Again, thank you for alerting me of your interest in House Bill 2553. If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
    Peter J. Daley
    Majority Chairman
    House Commerce Committee
  4. kiaransimba

    kiaransimba Good Dog

    Response to PA HB2553

    I thought that I would share this with everyone here. I recently recieved an email from one of the letters that I sent out. Rep Peter J Daley will NOT be supporting the bill for PA. If anyone would like a copy of this let me know and I will forward it to you as the file is to big to post here
  5. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    HEY! No fair, I didn't get anything back!
  6. kiaransimba

    kiaransimba Good Dog

    lol I got that same thing back and I just post a new thread so purple you can delete it if you would like
  7. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

    Me either. lol.

    Good to hear how Peter J. Daley feels though.
  8. Bullyluvr

    Bullyluvr Puppy

    A letter to the mayor of cudahy wisconsin

    This is a city a few miles from me that is trying to pass BSL.Here is my responce to him.The city I live in is also considering this.This must end.I'm scared.I could never give up my dog.

    I live in waukesha but this hit to close to home for me.I am the very proud owner of a pitbull.He is an amazing dog and I welcome anyone with douts about this breed to come and meet my dog.Infact walk him around the block and see how many people in my neighborhood come out to greet him as you walk by.Everyone here knows and loves my dog.Sure when i first got him some people were unsure of him as they only knew what the media manipulated them to believe,now them same people are his biggest fans and have a totaly diferant outlook on the breed.He is my light in the darkness,He has helped me in ways no person ever could and truly made me a better person.I will fight for him and never let him go.To us our dogs are more than just a thing or possesion they are our passion our hearts and our souls.Please ban the deed not the breed.
  9. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Regular Session 2009-2010
    House Bill 671
    Short Title:

    An Act amending the act of December 7, 1982 (P.L.784, No.225), known as the
    Dog Law, further providing for construction of article relating to dangerous
    Prime Sponsor:

    Representative GALLOWAY
    Last Action:
    Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, Feb. 27, 2009 [ House]

    http://www.legis. state.pa. us/cfdocs/ legis/PN/ Public/btCheck. cfm?txtType= HTM&
    sessYr=2009& sessInd=0& billBody= H&billTyp= B&billNbr= 0671&pn=0732



    Session of 2009


    Feb 27, 2009


    AN ACT

    Amending the act of December 7, 1982 (P.L.784, No.225),

    entitled, as amended, "An act relating to dogs, regulating

    the keeping of dogs; providing for the licensing of dogs and

    kennels; providing for the protection of dogs and the

    detention and destruction of dogs in certain cases;

    regulating the sale and transportation of dogs; declaring

    dogs to be personal property and the subject of theft;

    providing for the abandonment of animals; providing for the

    assessment of damages done to animals; providing for payment

    of damages by the Commonwealth in certain cases and the

    liability of the owner or keeper of dogs for such damages;

    imposing powers and duties on certain State and local

    officers and employees; providing penalties; and creating a

    Dog Law Restricted Account," further providing for

    construction of article relating to dangerous dogs.

    The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    hereby enacts as follows:

    Section 1. Section 507-A of the act of December 7, 1982

    (P.L.784, No.225), known as the Dog Law, amended or added May

    31, 1990 (P.L.213, No.46) and October 9, 2008 (P.L.1450, No.

    119), is amended to read:

    Section 507-A. Construction of article.

    (a) Enforcement. --This article shall be enforced by all

    municipalities except counties unless otherwise provided by

    ordinance in accordance with subsection (c).

    (b) Abusive or unlawful conduct of victim.--This article

    shall not apply if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by

    a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or

    other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner of the dog,

    or was tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog or has, in the

    past, been observed or reported to have tormented, abused or

    assaulted the dog, or was committing or attempting to commit a


    (c) Local ordinances.- -[Those provisions of local ordinances

    relating to dangerous dogs are hereby abrogated.] A local

    ordinance otherwise dealing with dogs may not prohibit or

    otherwise limit a specific breed of dog. This act shall not

    supersede or preclude the adoption of any municipal ordinance

    applicable to dangerous dogs.

    (d) Insurance coverage discrimination. --No liability policy

    or surety bond issued pursuant to this act or any other act may

    prohibit coverage from any specific breed of dog.

    (e) Farm dogs.--No farmer who owns a dog kept on the farm

    shall be guilty of keeping a dangerous dog if:

    (1) the dog does not leave the farm property to attack;


    (2) the farm is conspicuously posted alerting visitors

    to the presence of a watch or guard dog at all points of

    ingress and egress.

    (f) Procedure in certain cities.--[In] Unless otherwise

    provided by ordinance in accordance with subsection (c), in

    cities of the first class, second class and second class A, the

    following procedure shall apply:

    - 2 -

    (1) A person who has been attacked by a dog, or anyone

    on behalf of such person, or a person whose domestic animal,

    dog or cat has been killed or injured without provocation

    while the attacking dog was off the owner's property or a

    police officer or an animal control officer employed by or

    under contract with the city may make a complaint before a

    magisterial district judge, charging the owner or keeper of

    such a dog with harboring a dangerous dog. The magisterial

    district judge shall make a report of the determination under

    section 502-A(a) to the police or an animal control officer

    employed by or under contract with the city and to the Bureau

    of Dog Law Enforcement. The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement

    shall give notice of this determination to the respective

    city treasurer.

    (2) All fees and fines shall be paid to and retained by

    the city treasurers, who shall issue the certificate of


    (3) Enforcement of this article in these cities will be

    under the jurisdiction of the local police or an animal

    control officer employed by or under contract with the city

    with notification requirements in section 503-A(d)(2) to be

    made to the licensing authority and the local police or an

    animal control officer employed by or under contract with the


    (4) Copies of all dangerous dog determinations,

    certificates and reports on the status of the dangerous dog

    shall be sent to the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

    (5) All known incidents of dog attacks shall be reported

    to the department for the purpose of keeping bite statistic

    records and possible rabies exposure.

    - 3 -

    Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.

  10. RescueDad

    RescueDad Puppy

    Wow this is scary ...This Guy Galloways office is less than a mile from my house. This makes no sense where this has come about because theres never been a dog issue in my are and i've lived here 35yrs. Mind you they just put up a dog park up last year here and havent heard of any problems yet . SO i dont get where this comes from and why..Bet your A**es i'm stopping in there tommorow to find out!
  11. vader's mom

    vader's mom Little Dog

    No worries they dropped the BSL content!:D
  12. RescueDad

    RescueDad Puppy

  13. vader's mom

    vader's mom Little Dog

    Ok now that I have read the language in his new bill I can see the BSL language. Last year he was proposing to change state law to allow local ordinances to allow breed bans. There was alot of people opposing this so he came out and said that he never intended to ban breeds with this bill. I guess this new bill doesn't allow bans but does allow restrictions. Sneeky politician!:(
  14. vader's mom

    vader's mom Little Dog

    Signing those petitions doesn't do as well as typed letters (FYI). Post the news article if you have a connect.
  15. RescueDad

    RescueDad Puppy

    waiting on additional reply from paper on got a simple 1 so far. Guess im writing a letter then.
  16. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Legislative Alerts

    Pennsylvania BSL 3/17/09

    CURRENTLY, the state law in Pennsylvania PROHIBITS municipalities from passing Breed Specific Legislation (B.S.L)


    The following bill, Pennsylvania HB 671is being proposed this legislative session, and if it passes, Breed Specific Legislation will be allowed STATE WIDE!

    Rep. John Galloway is trying to pass BSL again.
    Pennsylvania HB 671, introduced by Rep. Galloway and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, would remove the statewide prohibition against BSL and permit municipalities to pass BSL.
    The section of the proposed legislation that would allow this is below. The underlined section is the text that would be added to current law.
    (c) Local ordinances.–[Those provisions of local ordinances relating to dangerous dogs are hereby abrogated.] A local ordinance otherwise dealing with dogs may not prohibit or otherwise limit a specific breed of dog. This act shall not supersede or preclude the adoption of any municipal ordinance applicable to dangerous dogs.
    What this means, in plain English, is that municipalities (cities) can’t institute breed bans or other breed-specific legislation except when it comes to “dangerous†dogs–then they are free to implement BSL.
    Bill can be tracked here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?&syear=2009&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=0671
    Please contact the members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs and provide them with your polite objections to this bill.
    There will also be a hearing on this bill (not yet scheduled).
    In summation, this means that if this law is passed,
    ALL local cities within the state of Pennsylvania will have the power to ban
    ANY breed of dog they feel is a threat. That could mean YOUR dog.

    It is up to EVERY dog owner to make our Pennsylvania Representatives and the Governor aware that we should NOT punish responsible dog owners and innocent animals.

    Existing non-breed specific legislation ALREADY EXISTS, and offers promise for the prevention of dog bites. We must encourage law makers to enforce laws already on the books and to punish IRRESPONSIBLE OWNERS!!

    Write, Call, Fax, E-mail your local and state representatives
    to fight AGAINST passing HB 671!!

    Bill Sponsor
    Hon. John T. Galloway
    104 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202140
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2140
    (717) 787-1292
    Fax: (717) 780-4780
    Members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs
    Hon. Michael K. Hanna, Chairman
    302 Main Capitol Building
    PO Box 202076
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2076
    (717) 772-2283
    Fax: (717) 787-4137

    Hon. David R. Kessler, Vice Chairman
    115A East Wing
    PO Box 202130
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2130
    (717) 787-2769
    Fax: (717) 780-4768

    Hon. H. Scott Conklin, Secretary
    101B East Wing
    PO Box 202077
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2077
    (717) 787-9473
    Fax: (717) 780-4764

    Hon. Mike Carroll
    28A East Wing
    PO Box 202118
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2118
    (717) 787-3589
    Fax: (717) 780-4763

    Hon. Eugene DePasquale
    111A East Wing
    PO Box 202095
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2095
    (717) 787-7514
    Fax: (717) 780-4765

    Hon. Richard T. Grucela
    G-01 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202137
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2137
    (717) 705-1878
    Fax: (717) 783-3180

    Hon. Gary Haluska
    114 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202073
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2073
    (717) 787-3532
    Fax: (717) 783-7548

    Hon. Tom Houghton
    121B East Wing
    PO Box 202013
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2013
    (717) 772-2426
    Fax: (717) 787-6727

    Hon. Babette Josephs
    300 Main Capitol Building
    PO Box 202182
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2182
    (717) 787-8529
    Fax: (717) 787-5066

    Hon. Rick Mirabito
    25B East Wing
    PO Box 202083
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2083
    (717) 772-1314

    Hon. John Myers
    305 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202201
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2201
    (717) 787-3181
    Fax: (717) 772-4038

    Hon. Frank Louis Oliver
    34E East Wing
    PO Box 202195
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2195
    (717) 787-3480
    Fax: (717) 783-0684

    Hon. Joseph Preston Jr.
    332A Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202024
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2024
    (717) 783-1017
    Fax: (717) 787-7520

    Hon. Timothy J. Solobay
    G-14 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202048
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2048
    (717) 787-1188
    Fax: (717) 705-1887

    Hon. Jesse White
    102B East Wing
    PO Box 202046
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2046
    (717) 783-6437

    Hon. Sam Rohrer, Minority Chairman
    45 East Wing
    PO Box 202128
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2128
    (717) 787-8550
    Fax: (717) 783-7862

    Hon. Karen Boback
    141B East Wing
    PO Box 202117
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2117
    (717) 787-1117
    Fax: (717) 705-1889

    Hon. Michele Brooks
    153B East Wing
    PO Box 202017
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2017
    (717) 783-5008
    Fax: (717) 705-1948

    Hon. Jim Cox
    412 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202129
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2129
    (717) 772-2435
    Fax: (717) 260-6516

    Hon. Gordon Denlinger
    163A East Wing
    PO Box 202099
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2099
    (717) 787-3531
    Fax: (717) 705-1951

    Hon. C. Adam Harris
    51B East Wing
    PO Box 202082
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2082
    (717) 783-7830
    Fax: (717) 772-9869

    Hon. David S. Hickernell
    B-12 Main Capitol Building
    PO Box 202098
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2098
    (717) 783-2076
    Fax: (717) 787-9175

    Hon. Mark K. Keller
    5 East Wing
    PO Box 202086
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2086

    Hon. Carl Walker Metzgar
    402 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202069
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
    (717) 783-8756
    Fax: (717) 783-3899

    Hon. David R. Millard
    402B Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202109
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2109
    (717) 783-1102
    Fax: (717) 772-0094

    Hon. Tina Pickett
    211 Ryan Office Building
    PO Box 202110
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2110
    (717) 783-8238
    Fax: (717) 260-6536


  17. vader's mom

    vader's mom Little Dog

    I cannot believe he is at this AGAIN already! He didn't even give us a year since the last bill he introduced! Sneeky politician!
  18. bea2ls

    bea2ls Puppy

    it makes me sick that this creep's office is about 10 min from me :mad:
    i live in NJ, but planned on moving to PA next year, I am writing letters and sending them out after I type this reply..
  19. ashleyandmary

    ashleyandmary Little Dog

    I sent one to everybody. If they try to take my dog, lord knows, my boyfriend will kill them all. haha. This is so sad, it just ruined my day
  20. Prophecy

    Prophecy Good Dog

    I reside in Pa,and own an APBT. Does anyone know the status of the bill and when it is supposed to be reveiwed for law? Way to track it??

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