Laws Governing Owning, Breeding and the Sale of Animals

What Are Pennsylvania's Dog Laws?
Act 119 of 2008, the Dog Law

Act 119, the new dog law, was signed into law by Governor Rendell on October 8, 2008. This legislation was enacted to help Pennsylvania to rid its reputation as the “Puppy Mill Capitol of the East.” The updated law is designed to greatly improve the treatment dogs receive while in commercial kennels. Now, dogs will benefit from larger cage sizes without wire flooring, mandatory exercise periods, and care by a trained veterinarian. The Canine Health Board was also established by Act 119 of 2008 to develop guidelines for commercial dog kennels in Pennsylvania.

Title 18 constitutes the Pennsylvania anti-cruelty provisions. The section distinguishes between misdemeanor and felony cruelty and the type of animal involved.

Puppy Lemon Law

excerpt from Pa Department of Agriculture

In an effort to ensure that consumers buying a dog in Pennsylvania know their new pet has a clean bill of health, Pennsylvania’s dog sellers and breeders must now post a visible notice that informs consumers of their rights under the state’s Dog Purchaser Protection Act, also known as the “Puppy Lemon Law.”  Sellers and breeders must also provide a written copy of the consumer’s rights at the time of the sale.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s “Puppy Lemon Law,” or to file a complaint, visit the Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Rabies Law

The provisions issued under the Rabies Prevention and Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act.

Dog License Application

You can complete the PA Department of Agriculture’s online dog license application to get your dog licensed.