HARRISBURG – PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding cautioned that counties, municipalities, and law enforcement agencies will have to fund and provide more services for stray and dangerous dogs without a dog license fee increase to fund the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. As a result of the dog license fee being the same for 25 years, while the bureau’s expenses continue to rise as a result of an increasing workload and dog population, the bureau has been unable to fill critical warden vacancies. Currently, 46 dog wardens are stretched to cover PA’s 67 counties. For the 2020-21 budget year, the bureau accepted a supplemental transfer of $1.2 million taxpayer dollars. Another $1.5 million is proposed for 2021-22.

RUSSELL REDDING