Rep. Kevin Schreiber's first state House bill is closer to becoming law.
The York City Democrat said the bill, which he compares to Carfax for dogs sold in pet stores, made it out of committee and now goes to the House for consideration.
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously approved H.B. 1759, which requires pet stores to display several pieces of information on the cages of dogs for sale: breed, age, date of birth, the breeder's state and licensing information, and any documentation of vaccinations, worming treatments or other medical treatments.
"This is information pet stores already have. We're just asking them to post it," Schreiber said.
The freshman lawmaker said personal experience prompted him to introduce the bill. After he and his wife bought their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from a pet store, their veterinarian told them Lucy was malnourished and showed signs of being mistreated. Schreiber found out Lucy was raised by a Missouri breeder with a questionable reputation — information that was not made available to him before the sale.
The Schreibers spent a few thousand dollars to restore her health, which is a situation that shouldn't exist for the dog or its owners, he said.
That the bill was expedited in committee and passed unanimously is a good indication other lawmakers feel the same way, Schreiber said.
But because the state spent weeks trying to finalize a budget, the bill didn't make it to the House floor for a vote.
"We've had a lot of good feedback and a very positive response from the community. I expect the bill to go up for a House vote when we return after Labor Day," Schreiber said.
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