Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Governor Corbett Ceremonially Signs a Law to Protect Service Dogs


Representative John Evans, Governor Corbett, and Nancy Fierer

Today, Governor Corbett ceremonially signed House Bill 165, legislation that will help service dogs and their owners. We are honored to have been invited to join the Governor for the signing of the bill.

Sponsored by Representative John Evans, the bill allows for the owner or co-owner of a dog to be charged with a third degree misdemeanor if their dog attacks an assistance dog and the owner had knowledge of the animal’s aggression or if the animal has a history of attacks. Individuals found responsible for a service dog’s harm would be responsible for veterinary bills, replacement and training costs of a new service dogs, fines, and more.

The passing of this bill acknowledges the importance of service dogs and the extensive training that goes into developing a service dog. Their extensive skills enable them to serve a person with disabilities to be more independent in their lives.

“Service dogs provide a vital link between some of our most vulnerable citizens and the rest of the world,” said Corbett. “By protecting these animals, we are protecting the people they serve.”

“I’m happy to say H.B. 165, which protects the dogs that protect Pennsylvania citizens, is now a law,” said Corbett.

We would like to thank Governor Corbett, Representative Evans, and the many people who had a hand in developing and passing this new legislation.

The governor originally signed the bill on June 13, 2012. Read the full text of the bill. 

Keystone Human Services President Dennis Felty shakes hands with Governor Corbett. SSD is a program of Keystone Human Services Children & Family Services.

Governor Corbett meets SSD November, one of our dogs that does demonstration, interviews, and therapy.

Governor Corbett meets SSD William Shakespeare

Corbett and Nancy Fierer, SSD's director

SSD William Shakespeare lends a paw after the ceremonial signing of H.B. 165.

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