PA residents! Speak up! Akitas, Rotts & Pits will be on "the list"!
  • tsukitsunetsukitsune
    Posts: 6185
    To see legislation near your hometown :

    PA Bill to Allow Local BSL
    [Thursday, May 22, 2008]

    Pennsylvania House Bill 2553 will remove the state's prohibition on breed specific local ordinances, thereby allowing municipalities to adopt any type of law applicable to dangerous dogs, including breed-specific ordinances. It is imperative that concerned dog owners in Pennsylvania contact their legislators and express their strong opposition to this bill.

    The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. The AKC believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as "dangerous" based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be "dangerous" based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

    By allowing municipalities to impose breed-specific dangerous dog ordinances, HB 2553, if passed, will permit communities to unfairly target well-behaved dogs of specific breeds, thereby raising the possibility of harsh care and condition requirements or the possibility of penalties for owning certain breeds while not focusing on whether or not an individual dog has previously exhibited dangerous behavior. Additionally, the breed-specific ordinances allowed under this bill will create an unenforceable patchwork of dangerous dog rules across the Commonwealth.


    Concerned Pennsylvania dog owners should contact the members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Respectfully let them know that HB 2553 is an unacceptable means to address dog control issues.


    Hon. Michael K. Hanna, Majority Chairman
    302 Main Capitol Building
    PO Box 202076
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2076
    (717) 772-2283
    Fax: (717) 787-4137
    To e-mail Rep. Hanna, click here.

    Hon. Gary Haluska, Majority Vice Chairman
    114 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202073
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2073
    (717) 787-3532
    Fax: (717) 783-7548
    To e-mail Rep. Haluska, click here.

    Hon. David R. Kessler, Majority Secretary
    115A East Wing
    PO Box 202130
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2130
    (717) 787-2769
    Fax: (717) 780-4768
    To e-mail Rep. Kessler, click here.

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

    Hon. Mark B. Cohen
    128 Main Capitol Building
    PO Box 202202
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2202
    (717) 787-4117
    Fax: (717) 787-6650
    To e-mail Rep. Cohen, click here.

    Hon. H. Scott Conklin
    101B East Wing
    PO Box 202077
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2077
    (717) 787-9473
    Fax: (717) 780-4764
    To e-mail Rep. Conklin, click here.

    Hon. Peter J. Daley
    214 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202049
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2049
    (717) 783-9333
    Fax: (717) 783-7558
    To e-mail Rep. Daley, click here.

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

    Hon. Harold James
    317 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202186
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2186
    (717) 787-9477
    Fax: (717) 787-7517
    To e-mail Rep. James, click here.

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

    Hon. Tim Mahoney
    104B East Wing
    PO Box 202051
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2051
    (717) 772-2174
    Fax: (717) 780-4786
    To e-mail Rep. Mahoney, click here.

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

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

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

    Hon. Tom Yewcic
    300 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202072
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2072
    (717) 783-0248
    Fax: (717) 787-4922
    To e-mail Rep. Yewcic, click here.

    Hon. Rosita C. Youngblood
    121A East Wing
    PO Box 202198
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2198
    (717) 787-7727
    Fax: (717) 772-1313
    To e-mail Rep. Youngblood, click here.


    Hon. Art Hershey, Minority Chairman
    202 Ryan Office Building
    PO Box 202013
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2013
    (717) 783-6435
    Fax: (717) 705-1868
    To e-mail Rep. Hershey, click here.

    Hon. Bob Bastian, Minority Vice Chairman
    402A Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202069
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
    (717) 783-8756
    Fax: (717) 783-3899
    To e-mail Rep. Bastian, click here.

    Hon. Mike Fleck, Minority Secretary
    159A East Wing
    PO Box 202081
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2081
    (717) 787-3335
    Fax: (717) 260-6504

    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. David S. Hickernell
    143B East Wing
    PO Box 202098
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2098
    (717) 783-2076
    Fax: (717) 705-1946
    To e-mail Rep. Hickernell, click here.

    Hon. Rob W. Kauffman
    163A East Wing
    PO Box 202089
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2089
    (717) 705-2004
    Fax: (717) 705-1951

    Hon. Mark K. Keller
    5 East Wing
    PO Box 202086
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2086
    (717) 783-1593
    Fax: (717) 705-7012

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

    Hon. Dan Moul
    G-32 Irvis Office Building
    PO Box 202091
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2091
    (717) 783-5217

    Hon. Tina Pickett
    155A East Wing
    PO Box 202110
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2110
    (717) 783-8238
    Fax: (717) 705-1949

    For more information, contact AKC's Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail
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  • tobyshibatobyshiba
    Posts: 1058
    I will certainly be writing to the legislatures. This is unfair and not right at all. I for one can not stand when people think that they can just add breed specific laws in and put restrictions on breeds that can be just as loving as any other breed. I wish bad owners would get punished instead of the breeds. Sure, it'd be more money to individually punish owners, but at least it wouldn't be punishing the remainder of us. Especially when i'm considering an Akita as a future pet. :( ...

    This is disgusting.
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    Post edited by Unknown User at -0001-11-30 00:00:00
  • LeonbergerLeonberger
    Posts: 3761
    I see the madness is everywhere. Instead of these, there should be a law that makes sure only responsible people can get certain kinds of breeds. You need a permit for driving a car, and loads more stuff. You should need a permit and a responsibility test to own certain breeds.
    Post edited by Unknown User at -0001-11-30 00:00:00