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17 Pa. Code § 11.212. Pets.

§ 11.212. Pets.

 (a)  Except as provided in subsections (e) and (f), an owner, keeper or handler of a pet may keep the pet in a State park only in accordance with subsections (b)—(d) and only under the following conditions:

   (1)  It is on a leash or is in a cage or crate. If a maximum length of leash is specified by posting, the leash may not exceed the length specified.

   (2)  It is attended and under physical control of an individual.

   (3)  It does not behave in a manner that may reasonably be expected to disturb or intimidate another person.

   (4)  It does not behave in a manner that may cause damage to property or resources.

   (5)  Its droppings are disposed of in trash receptacles or outside the park.

   (6)  It has been licensed and vaccinated as required by law.

 (b)  A pet is not permitted in a designated swimming area.

 (c)  A pet is not permitted in an overnight area unless the area is designated by the Department for pets.

 (d)  A pet is not permitted in a building.

 (e)  Subsection (a)(1)—(5) does not apply to a dog being used by a person engaged in hunting or training as provided in §  11.215 (relating to weapons and hunting).

 (f)  Subsections (b), (c) and (d) do not apply to a guide dog, signal dog or other animal which has been trained to assist, and is accompanying, a person with a disability.

Cross References

   This section cited in 17 Pa. Code §   11.209 (relating to miscellaneous activities); and 17 Pa. Code §  11.223 (relating to violation of rules regarding conduct in State parks).

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