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58 Pa. Code § 53.26. Dogs.

§ 53.26. Dogs.

 (a)  Dogs are permitted on Commission property if they are licensed and otherwise in compliance with the other provisions of the Dog Law (3 P. S. § §  459-101—459-1205).

 (b)  The maximum number of dogs that an owner or handler is permitted to have on Commission property at one time is two.

 (c)  The owner or handler shall keep the dogs on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length or on a multilength mechanically retractable leash while on Commission property.

 (d)  The owner or handler shall keep the dogs under supervision and control while on Commission property.

 (e)  The owner or handler shall immediately scoop, contain and retain all droppings of the dog. The owner or handler may not dispose of the dog droppings on Commission property.

 (f)  The owner or handler is responsible for the conduct of the dog while on Commission property.

 (g)  Subsection (c) does not apply when an owner or handler meets one of the following:

   (1)  Is training a dog for water retrieval purposes and when the following apply:

     (i)   The dog is actually performing customary water retrieval functions.

     (ii)   The dog remains within 10 feet of the owner/handler while on land.

     (iii)   The dog is under the immediate control of the owner/handler at all times.

     (iv)   The dog does not interfere with anglers or boaters engaged in fishing, boating or other lawful activities.

   (2)  Has the dogs under his control onboard a boat.

 (h)  An owner or handler of a hunting dog is exempt from subsections (c) and (e) when he keeps his dog off lawn areas, trails and parking lots and when he is engaged in legal hunting or training during the seasons established by the Game Commission.


   The provisions of this §  53.26 issued under the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. § §  741, 2502, 5122 and 5123; and section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  186).


   The provisions of this §  53.26 adopted January 2, 1998, effective January 1, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 30.

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