Local Legislator Co-Sponsors Animal Sales Proposal

PERKIOMENVILLE PA – The Sweisford Road shelter operated by the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will serve as the backdrop Friday (May 7, 2021) at 1 p.m. for an announcement of legislation proposed in part by 147th District state Rep. Tracy Pennycuick to limit retail stores’ sources for certain animals sold to the public.

House Bill 1299, which proponents hope will become known as Victoria’s Law, “would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores throughout Pennsylvania unless sourced from shelters and rescues,” according to a media release. “The bill is named after Victoria, a German Shepherd that was rescued from a puppy mill after 10 years of breeding,” it stated.

Pennycuick, a Republican, and Lehigh County Rep. Jeanne McNeill, a Democrat, are introducing the bill during a press conference staged at the shelter.

Participants are scheduled to include Pennycuick, McNeill; Tracie Graham, the county SPCA’s executive director; Roy Afflerbach, representing the Humane Society of the United States; and Grace Kelly Herbert, Victoria’s owner and president of Finding Shelter Animal Rescue.

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