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Puppy mill dog dumping shows need for better enforcement

What happens to unwanted puppy mill dogs? Among the Amish and Mennonite breeders the most common method of destruction was,and probably still is, bullet to the head.

There has been public speculation that the department is not enforcing Pennsylvania's dog laws – that is not true.

The department has a statutory responsibility under law to perform duties within the law, and choosing not to do so would be in violation of the law. Members of the Dog Law Advisory Board are forming workgroups to provide recommendations on how to restore solvency to the fund, create proactive measures to increase sales of dog licenses and assure continued enforcement of the law. Recently, you may have seen increased attention focused on Dog Law enforcement. Both Governor Corbett and Secretary Greig have made it very clear that enforcement of the law is a priority.

They expect no less. If you are aware of any kennel that is violating the Dog Law or its regulations, notify your supervisor Kristen Donmoyer, director, Lynn Diehl or me immediately so we can take appropriate action.

It has also come to my attention that you were directed not to talk to or work with the ASPCA and the Federated Humane Societies (and your local humane officers). This is not true. In fact, I recently met with the ASPCA/Federated Humane Societies of PA and publically (sic) corrected the record. I am encouraging all of you to work with your local humane society police officers as well as other enforcement offices to continue to foster a positive relationship. We depend upon this relationship and it is a priority for the department.

We're not sure which organization Pechart is referring to here. The ASPCA is a national organization and has no representatives here. There are local SPCAs which shelter animals and conduct law enforcement.