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Pennsylvania failing to enforce puppy mill law

By Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press Published: April 24, 2012

ALLENTOWN, Pa.: The state office that regulates Pennsylvania’s dog-breeding industry is running out of money, has been slow to enforce new regulations meant to improve the lives of kennel dogs, and faces charges that it’s once again going easy on operators of so-called “puppy mills.”

Members of the state Dog Law Advisory Board say the problems threaten to undo years of hard-won progress in the fight against substandard breeders who mistreat their dogs.

The panel intends to grill Agriculture Department officials when it meets Wednesday for the first time since Gov. Tom Corbett took office in January 2011.

An Associated Press review of documents, as well as interviews with dog-law experts, highlight why critics are concerned that Pennsylvania is putting enforcement on the back burner.

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