HARRISBURG – The PA Senate unanimously approved legislation that would amend the state’s Dog Law to exempt certain service dogs from licensing fees. The state’s Dog Law currently exempts state and local police K-9 units from having to pay the licensing fees, as well as service dogs used by individuals who have certain medical conditions. Senate Bill 36, sponsored by York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, would also exempt service dogs and their handlers from paying for licensing fees if those canines are used by the Sheriffs’ offices, fire departments and/or for rescue or emergency medical services missions. The bill now goes to the state House.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL