Malagari to introduce bill to exempt detection dogs from licensing fee

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Rep. Steve Malagari will soon introduce legislation that would exempt detection dogs from licensing fees in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s Dog Law already exempts the payment of licensing fees for service dogs and police dogs, but not for detection dogs.

Malagari’s bill would remedy the situation and include detection dogs under the exemption.

“Detection dogs are trained to protect our communities in emergency situations – sniffing out accelerants, explosives and narcotics. Given that, it’s fitting that we offer the same exemptions for those dogs as we do for police and service dogs,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “My bill would support the handlers who work with these dogs in recognition of the vital service they provide.”

Malagari circulated a memo seeking support for the bill today.