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Protecting People and Pets from Dangerous Dogs
Prompted by concerns expressed by local parents of children severely bitten by dogs, I have introduced legislation, Senate Bill 798, to better protect the public from dogs proven to have caused severe injury to a person or a domestic animal.
Under current law, a victim, the state dog warden or a police officer may file a complaint with a magisterial district judge charging the dog owner with the summary offense of harboring a dangerous dog. In addition to proving that the dog in question has severely injured a person or domestic animal, it must be demonstrated that the dog has a violent history or propensity to attack. This element of the offense often requires litigating the dog’s personality and temperament.
My Senate Bill 798 would require only that victims or authorities prove in court that the dog inflicted serious injury without provocation to secure a conviction. The legislation also raises the annual registration fee for a dangerous dog to $1,000 from the current $500.
My legislation keeps the focus on the specific attack at hand and will allow authorities to more easily secure a determination that a dog is dangerous. It will better protect Pennsylvanians, particularly children, from dogs that have caused serious injury.
Senate Bill 798 has been referred to the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for consideration.
Read more about my dangerous dog legislation HERE.
A news article about this legislative proposal can be found HERE.
Meeting with Brookhaven Police Chief
This week, I met with the new Brookhaven Chief of Police, Matt Kurten, to discuss how the Commonwealth can better support local police departments. I look forward to working with him to help ensure that his officers have the tools they need to keep our area safe for local families.
Goshen Country Fair
This week is the 70th annual Goshen Country Fair, benefiting the Goshen Fire Company. The fair runs from July 29th through August 3rd and opens at 6:00pm. I will have a table at the fair all week; luckily we are placed near the Goshen fair donut tent. This is a wonderful event to attend with your family and friends.
On Monday at the fair, I was joined by Cricket, a 20 year old puppy mill survivor and major advocate for Victoria’s Law, of which I am the prime sponsor. This legislation will put an end to the cruelty of puppy mills and the suffering of untold thousands of dogs like Cricket.
Assistance for Veterans
I partner with the Pennsylvania American Legion every month to assist local veterans at my Brookhaven office. A representative from this organization will be helping veterans with issues on:
Date: Wednesday, August 28th
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Senator Killion’s Brookhaven Office, 4110 Edgmont Avenue, Brookhaven, PA
I encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment during these assistance hours. Appointments can be made by contacting my office at (610) 447 – 3163. This service is offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.
How I Can Help
My offices provide many services to families in our area. Here are some of the ways we can help.
- Free notary service
- Pennsylvania birth certificates
- SEPTA Key Senior Photo IDs
- PennDOT assistance with driver’s licenses and forms
- Information on financial assistance for higher education
- Assistance with preparation of Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications
- Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones
- Assistance with PA insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP
- Fishing and hunting information
- Pennsylvania personal income tax forms
- Pennsylvania road maps
- Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations
- Requests for literature for students and senior citizens
- Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups
- Unemployment compensation issues
- Assistance with state agency related issues
How to Contact Me
Please visit my website at
I have staffed two offices in the district to provide you with
top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries. Both
offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Locations
are noted below.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with an issue relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.