Greenleaf said he is concerned about the loss of revenue to the courts.

"I'haven't seen compelling reason to take away from courts," said Greenleaf. "It takes all the money and leaves court without any. I woudn't support that ".

But Greenleaf said he was open to "some type of compromise" if it was offered.

The court collects fine money from other enforcement agencies as well (not however the Pennsylvania Game Commission which prosecutes animal-related crimes we learned). It also tacks on a separate $8 fee to every case heard in the state's court system.

A top official in the Department of Agriculture said the dog law office which relies on the fine revenue along with license sales to support employee salaries and equipment purchases - needs the fine money to stay solvent.

"The fact of the matter is that the requirement to send this money to the judicial computer fund is a morale buster, it deters some [dog wardens] from putting in the massive amount of work needed to win a $300 maximum fine for not having dog licensed/rabies vaccinated," said Michael Pechart, special executive secretary for the department.

Often times he says judges will throw out the fine after the person says they got their dog license or vaccination after being cited, said Pechart.

Greenleaf also said his committee is considering a bill to ban 24/7 dog chaining but that he remains concerned about the "unintended consequences" of such a ban.

"I think it's important legitimately put dog out for short periods of time when the weather fine or to do what they to do," he said, adding, "we're looking at it."

Animal welfare activists have been working on a statewide tethering bill for at least six years without getting a floor vote in either chamber. In the interim, anti-dog chaining movement has had success on a local level enacting bans in the City of Harrisburg and several York County municipalities.

A six-year struggle to win a bill's passage is just a blip on the timelime of those seeking to end live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania. Humane advocates have tried unsuccessfully to end the practice for 20 years.

But is there a glimmer of hope on the horizon? Greenleaf, a supporter of the ban who moved a bill out of his committee last session is ready to bring it up again this year but he wants assurances it will get a vote before the full Senate.

Advocates say they feel strongly that the votes are there to pass the bill despite opposition from the National Rifle Association. "I think it has a chance to pass this year," said Greenleaf.

Among the sponsors this time around? Senate Majority leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware.)