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Pennsylvania Dog Law

Center Resources

Research Publications:

Agricultural Law Briefs:


Statutes

Federal:

  • Animal Welfare Act, 7 U.S.C. §§ 2131-2159 (regulating who may possess or sell certain animals and the living conditions in which those animals must be kept)

Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania statutes are accessible online through the Unofficial Purdon’s Pennsylvania Statutes website. Be aware that this information is subject to change as a result of subsequent amendments. Please consult an attorney if you are in need of the most up-to-date statutory information.

  • Dog Law, 3 Pa. Cons. Stat. §§ 459-101-1205 (see Chapter 8) 


Regulations

Pennsylvania:


Case Law

Some of these cases may be available at a law library or accessible online for those with LexisNexis, Westlaw, or other electronic database accounts.

U.S. District Courts:

  • Pa. Prof'l Dog Breeders Ass'n v. Pa. Dep't of Agric., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90346 (M.D. Pa. Sept. 30, 2009) (denying plaintiffs request for a preliminary junction against the Dog Law because plaintiffs did not show a probability of success on the merits of their claim that certain provisions of the Dog Law would require additional regulations and that the plaintiffs should not be required to comply with them for a period of time).
  • Prof'l Dog Breeders Advisory Council v. Wolff, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83054,  (M.D. Pa. Sept. 11, 2009) (granting plaintiffs’ summary judgment motion with respect to a Dog Law provision that imposed a $300 fee on out of state dealers because defendants were unable to show the fee was the only way to forward a legitimate local interest and thus violated the Dormant Commerce Clause; denying plaintiffs other constitutional challenges to the Pennsylvania Dog Law due to the Commonwealth’s legitimate local interests). 

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court: 

  • Burkholder v. Dep't of Agric., 989 A.2d 73 (Pa. Commw. Ct. Feb. 8, 2010) (affirming Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary’s decision to confirm the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement’s denial of plaintiffs’ 2009 kennel license application).
  • Eckhart v. Dep't of Agric., 8 A.3d 401 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2010) (affirming Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary’s order that sustained penalties administered pursuant to the Pa. Dog Law against plaintiffs).


Government Agencies

Pennsylvania Resources:

Other State Resources:


Publications 

Some of these articles may be available at a law library or accessible online for those with LexisNexis, Westlaw, or other electronic database accounts. Some hyperlinks may only be available for those users with access to HeinOnline.

Law Review Articles:

 Other Publications:

  • Dog Law Regulations: Myth Versus Reality (Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, July 2011)
  • PA Commercial Kennel/Breeding Operations – 11 Scenarios For Equipment Configuration (Design Learned, Inc., Apr. 2011)


Links

  • Pennsylvania Dog Laws (Animal Legal & Historical Center, Michigan State University: College of Law)
  • Dog Laws Topic Area (Animal Legal & Historical Center, Michigan State University: College of Law)