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PA set to ban pet gas chambers, AKC fights bill to aid shelters

Dog breeders are putting 11th-hour pressure on the Pennsylvania Senate to kill two animal welfare bills sought by shelters and their supporters.

"If the cost of care bill does not pass, I think many small non-profit shelters are going to re-think the work they do with cruelty investigations," said Nancy Gardner, president of the board of the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. " The expenses just aren't sustainable."

Gardner adds: "Actually, if people are breaking state law, this should be a function of law enforcement, not local animal shelters who receive no funding for it.  The question then is, how good a job will the state and local municipalities do in enforcing laws that protect animals?"