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Inside PDA, March 29, 2013
By Department of Agriculture
March 29, 2013
Did You Know?
PA farmers help make the state a trout fisherman's paradise. As the trout season opens this weekend in southeastern PA, don't forget that PA growers produce trout for conservation and recreation valued at $9.2 million. PA is third in the nation, distributing 1.8 million pounds of trout to the delight of anglers statewide.
From the Field is a feature spotlighting PDA staff.
“I'm definitely a dog person, not a cat person,” said Megan Horst, Kennel Compliance Specialist with PDA's Dog Law Enforcement Office. Her dogs Lacye, a mixed breed, and Tex, a Rottweiler, would likely agree.
Megan's responsible for ensuring that PA's 52 commercial dog kennels are inspected twice a year and are in compliance. She also investigates any complaints filed about selling or advertising dogs online. That's the other part of her job: handling dog law-related computer crimes.
"I enjoy the opportunity to travel across the state, building working relationships with kennel owners," she said. "I also enjoy interacting with and educating the public during community events."
If she looks familiar, it may be because she's on the cover of PDA's dog law brochure. She's pictured here with Lacye during a dog licensing event earlier this month.
In a typical day, Megan will start by catching up on emails, phone calls and paperwork before meeting a fellow warden to inspect two commercial kennels. She's training more county wardens on how to inspect for kennel compliance. An inspection involves checking for compliance by taking climate data, inspecting the facility and "checking lots of paperwork." Somewhere in the day she will look for people selling dogs online who are not licensed, ensuring they don't exceed the 26-dog threshold for requiring a kennel license.
"There aren't enough hours in the day," Megan said about the tougher aspects of her position. "The paperwork can easily pile up, and I get an occasional funny look and questions when I stop for gas or lunch in my uniform. But that's another chance to educate people about what we do." Megan's a member of the team that's making a difference for dogs and their owners across PA.