McNeill introduces bill to crack down on puppy mills, inhumane conditions

HARRISBURG, April 5 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill has reintroduced legislation that would protect animals from inhumane conditions propagated by the puppy mill industry.

“It is truly horrifying and upsetting to see beautiful animals that have had to endure the cruel, inhumane conditions from puppy mills,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I have seen firsthand the effects puppy mills have had on animals. Dogs and cats that are weak, malnourished, neglected, subjected to overbreeding and poor or no veterinary care. It is time for action and to hold these irresponsible breeders accountable for their actions and protect those who do not have a voice.”

Under McNeill’s legislation (H.B. 846), known as Victoria’s Law, Pennsylvania’s pet market would be driven toward more humane sources, such as shelters, rescues and responsible breeders. It would also protect pet seekers from misleading sales tactics, stop the sale of puppy mill dogs, cats and rabbits, and require advertisers to include license numbers on their advertisements so that consumers have access to information on both responsible and unscrupulous breeders.

Victoria’s Law is named after Victoria, a German Shepherd that was rescued from a Pennsylvania puppy mill after 10 years of breeding. By the time she was rescued, she was paralyzed as a result of a genetic, neurological disorder called Degenerative Myelopathy, a disease she passed down to the estimated 150-200 puppies she produced while at a puppy mill. 

McNeill said H.B. 846 is awaiting a committee assignment for consideration.