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    To state University policy for control of animals on University property.


    The presence of animals on University property has had, in many cases, an adverse effect on the normal functions of the University by causing bodily harm to individuals, unsanitary conditions in University buildings and facilities, and nuisances.


    No person, owning or having under his/her control any animal, shall permit such animal to be brought upon the property of The Pennsylvania State University without having a leash or lead suitably attached to the animal and held by the person responsible, except in designated hunting areas.

    No person shall tether an animal to any fence, tree, shrub, post, or other object located upon the lands of The Pennsylvania State University not designed for the purpose of securing animals.

    No person shall bring any animal into any University building, or permit any animal on any University public transportation facility.

    The aforementioned shall not apply to service animals, to authorized research conducted by a University department, to the use of an animal to carry out functional responsibilities of a University department, or to an animal hospital or to a shelter designed and constructed to house animals.


    A person having an animal in a building or on the property in violation of these regulations, and who refuses to comply with the regulations upon the request of a responsible person, is subject to arrest for trespass if he/she fails to depart the property.

    A person who allows an animal to run at large upon the property in violation of the Pennsylvania "Dog Law of 1983 - Act 225" is subject to a citation for such violations.

    An animal tethered and unattended upon the property of the University in violation of these regulations will be impounded by the Department of Safety and released to a local animal hospital. The owner will be responsible for any costs incurred. If the owner cannot be located within a period of three days, the animal will be turned over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.


    AD66 - Service Animal Policy

    Effective Date: March 25, 1994
    Date Approved: March 25, 1994
    Date Published: March 25, 1994 (Editorial changes- February 27, 2014)

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