Go get ’em Governor Rendell!!! I don’t know what else this friend of animals is doing in Pennyslvania but he sure is going to have a fan club among dog people!
Read more about his at CentreDaily.com.
Rendell names new Pa. dog-law enforcer
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday tapped a longtime state prosecutor to oversee enforcement of a law intended to combat the “puppy mills” that have earned Pennsylvania notoriety among animal lovers.
Rendell also announced several broad legislative and regulatory changes designed to strengthen the law, such as making criminal penalties tougher, allowing dog wardens to seize distressed animals, and requiring dogs housed in kennels to be exercised for 20 minutes a day.
Jessie Smith, a 20-year veteran of the state attorney general’s office and president of the Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area, was named special deputy secretary for dog law enforcement in the Department of Agriculture. Her salary is $125,000.
“We are taking strong steps to protect consumers, reputable breeders and kennels, and the defenseless animals whose health and welfare is at the heart of this important issue,” Rendell said in a statement.
Rendell also named Jeffrey Paladina, who most recently served as an assistant district attorney in Beaver County, to one of six new positions in the agency’s bureau of dog law enforcement.
Also, Rendell named 16 new members to an advisory board that is expected to meet next month to consider regulatory changes to the dog law. Rendell dismissed the 14 people who previously served on the board in May, citing dissatisfaction with the board’s direction.