Pennsylvania has more than 2,100 breeding facilities in the stateâ€”many of which have 100 dogs or more.Â A recent Oprah Winfrey Show highlighted theÂ horrific conditionsÂ at Pennsylvania puppy millsÂ with undercover footage taken at a facility in Lancaster, PA.
Representative James Casorio has introduced comprehensive legislation (H.B. 2525), backed by Governor Rendell and supported by more than 90 legislators, to overhaul Pennsylvania’s regulation of breeding facilities.Â Pennsylvania is widely considered to be a haven for puppyÂ mills, and it is time to put an end to this cruelty.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your Pennsylvania state representative to urge him/her to support H.B. 2525 to crack down on puppy mills.Â Click here to find your representative and the phone number.
After making your call, please click here to send a follow-up email to urge your state representative to support H.B. 2525. Your legislators receive a lot of email, so be sure to personalize the subject line and the text so that your message will stand out and have more of an impact.
Regulation of Puppy Mills
Bill Number: PA H.B. 2525
Bill Status: Pending
HSUS Position: Support
Bill Sponsor(s): Rep. James Casorio (D, 56)
Legislature Status: In Session
This bill overhauls Pennsylvania’s Dog Law to address the problem of large scale commercial dog breeding facilities, or “puppy mills.” This bill would define “commercial kennels” as any facility that sells dogs to a dealer or pet shop or sells more than 60 dogs per year. It also establishes additional protections for the dogs raised in commercial kennels, including requirements about food and water, shelter, vet care, and housing. This bill also establishes stronger protections for breeding dogs over the age of 12 weeks, prohibiting stacking of wire cages and requiring increased space and vet care.