Pennycuik Representative Bill Would Regulate Pennsylvania Pet Sales | New
Representatives Tracy Pennycuick, R-147th Dist., And Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd Dist., Introduced House Bill 1299, known as Victoria’s Law, to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
The announcement was made outside the Montgomery County SPCA in Perkiomenville.
The bill would ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across Pennsylvania unless they come from shelters and rescues. Bill is named after Victoria, a German Shepherd rescued from a puppy mill after 10 years of breeding. By the time she was rescued, she was paralyzed from a genetic and neurological disorder that she passed on to the approximately 150 to 200 puppies she produced at the Puppy Mill.
“Dogs are intelligent and insightful animals that have the ability to improve our lives in countless ways, whether as a service or working dog, or as a companion animal,” said Pennycuick, a veteran with a service dog to help with PTSD. “These animals deserve to be treated with kindness and dignity, which is the essence of Victoria’s Law. House Bill 1299 would ultimately help ensure that reputable breeders, like those responsible for my dog, Murphy, can continue to do their important jobs, while putting an end to the deplorable conditions, over-breeding and the perpetuation of the poor health characteristics for which puppy mills have become known. “
“I was doing local animal rescue foster families and recently welcomed a new furry baby to my home,” McNeill said. “Victoria’s Law will finally give a voice to the voiceless and end the inhumane conditions spread by puppy mills here in Pennsylvania. It’s time to hold irresponsible breeders accountable for the additional and unknown financial risks consumers face due to over-breeding and poor veterinary care. “
House Bill 1299 would also enhance transparency by requiring federal, state or local license holders to include this license number in all advertising. This would give consumers the ability to search for licensed kennels and be alerted to unlicensed kennels.
There is currently mirror legislation before the State Senate.
The legislation is supported by the Humane Society of the United States.
This article first appeared as an article in The Digital Notebook blog.