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.