New PA dog law enforcement director hails from Lebanon County

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 21, 2014 1:50 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A seven-year veteran of the Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Office is taking over as its leader. 

State Agriculture Secretary George Greig has named Kristen Donmoyer to head the organization that is responsible for ensuring minimum standards for dogs and puppies in commercial breeding kennels and dogs in non-commercial kennels. 

“Kristen brings the law enforcement experience and knowledge of the state’s dog laws necessary to protect dogs across the state,” he says. “Under Kristen’s leadership, I am confident the Dog Law Enforcement Office will continue in its charge to vigorously enforce the law by aggressive enforcement actions, license sales and public outreach to ensure the continued safety of Pennsylvania’s dogs and citizens.”

The Lebanon County resident has previously worked in the office as a kennel compliance specialist and as director of enforcement. She is a graduate of Central Pennsylvania College and Harrisburg Area Community College. 

“I am proud of the work done over the past year to improve enforcement of the state’s dog laws,” Donmoyer says. ”I welcome the opportunity to lead the office’s 60 field staff and local partners as we work toward total compliance with the law.”

The office also tracks dangerous dogs and handles dog licensing and rabies vaccination. Dog license sales rose 14 percent last year, to 966,000.  

According to the Agriculture Department, Pennsylvania now has just 59 commercial kennels, down from more than 300.

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