Replacement of Pennsylvania’s dog law enforcer draws suspicion

    Animal welfare advocates in Pennsylvania are on edge a bit after the state’s Agriculture Department announced today the replacement of its top dog-law enforcer.

    A spokeswoman for the department told the Associated Press the replacement of Jessie Smith, who was appointed by former Gov. Ed Rendell, is a natural result of the Corbett administration’s transition. Smith has declined to comment, but members of the Dog Law Advisory Board fear this is a sign the Corbett administration is siding with the kennel industry.

    Smith will stay on as an attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel.


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