HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill which updates PA’s dog law has been signed into law by the governor. Act 47 of 2024 provides license fee exemptions for service dogs used by first responders and addresses regulatory challenges faced by dog boarding kennels. It includes license fee exemptions for service dogs working with fire departments, sheriff’s offices, and rescue services, expanding beyond the previous exemptions only available to municipal and state police departments. The new law also offers relief for kennel owners near state borders who board dogs from out-of-state clients, streamlining operations, and reducing regulatory burdens. With the enactment of Act 47, the state is making strides in supporting both first responders and kennel owners, ensuring necessary protections, and reducing red tape for smoother operations.