HARRISBURG – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Cappy, the Capitol Police public service dog, joined supporters in a plea for legislative action urgently needed to protect Pennsylvania’s dogs, their owners and their communities. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, state Sen. Judy Schwank, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski and Humane Society of the U.S. State Director Kristen Tullo detailed the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement’s impending funding crisis, the implications for public safety and animal welfare, and how the crisis can be averted. Sec. Redding talked about why all services of the Bureau Of Dog Law are in jeopardy.  Redding added that dog licenses are a simple, inexpensive measure that funds our work to return lost dogs to their owners, ensure that dogs in kennels are humanely treated, and communities kept safe from dangerous strays and irresponsible dog owners.  He said funding has run out, so a small fee increase for the privilege of owning a dog can help protect those very dogs from harm.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference

Cappy, the Capitol Police public service dog,