State Sen. Andy Dinniman, a Democrat, has introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Tom Killion, a Republican, that would put an end to puppy mills, according to a report from the Daily Local News.
The bill is named Victoria’s Law in honor of a 10-year-old German Shepherd that survived a puppy mill after being rescued by Finding Shelter Animal Rescue. She now suffers from Degenerative Myelopathy, which is terminal and has left her paralyzed.
Victoria joined Dinniman, bipartisan lawmakers, and animal advocates for a special press conference to announce the legislation and push for its adoption. The law prohibits the sale of commercially raised dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores statewide.
This would allow stores to source from shelters and rescues and offer homeless animals for adoption. The bill also requires that each advertisement for sale of a dog has the seller’s license number, name, and address to increase transparency.
“We’ve tried so many times to stop puppy mills in Pennsylvania, and I am confident that Victoria’s Law will be the economic noose that ends them once and for all,” said Dinniman.
Read more about the bill in the Daily Local News here.