Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

Grace Kelly Herbert, one of 14 recipients of our Advocates We
Love awards, with her dog, Victoria, who has inspired a bill in
Pennsylvania to ban puppy mill sales in pet stores. Victoria
suffers from a crippling congenital condition and the puppy miller
who bred her effectively passed on the same condition, which has no
cure, to hundreds of her puppies by continuing to breed Victoria
again and again. Photo courtesy Grace Kelly Herbert

On a recent cold and rainy Friday, Victoria, a striking
11-year-old German Shepherd, sat in a wagon, draped in a purple
blanket, outside the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in
Norristown, Pennsylvania. Victoria’s story was a telling one: she
was a puppy mill breeding dog who spent nearly a decade of her life
producing puppies non-stop before she was rescued last year by
Grace Kelly Herbert. She suffers from a crippling congenital
condition called Degenerative Myelopathy and can no longer walk.
The puppy miller who bred her effectively passed on the same
condition, which has no cure, to hundreds of her puppies by
continuing to mercilessly and recklessly breed Victoria again and
again.

Victoria, Grace and the dozens of people who gathered at the
courthouse that Friday, all dressed in purple or wearing purple
ribbons, are now fighting to pass Victoria’s Law, a bill that
would make Pennsylvania the third state in the country to ban the
sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores. (Maryland and California
have already enacted this policy, and similar bills are being
considered in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Oregon, Connecticut and
Washington). Last week, our Puppy Mills Campaign honored this
intrepid pair with the annual Advocates We Love award, given out
each year on Valentine’s Day to 14 people around the country who
are making a real difference in ending the cruelty of puppy
mills.

After rescuing and adopting Victoria, Grace, who is also the
co-founder of
Finding Shelter Animal Rescue
, has been working tirelessly,
first, to persuade lawmakers to introduce Victoria’s Law, SB 44,
and second, to get the law passed in this, a state with one of the
worst records on puppy mills. These commercial breeding facilities
offer the animals in their care no love, compassion or even the
most basic needs. Dogs like Victoria are bred continually and when
their time is up, they most often end up abandoned or are put
down.

The other award winners are just as motivated in their
commitment to stopping puppy mills.

  • Carla and Bryan Wilson of Winter Springs, Florida, helped pass
    ordinances that prohibit the sale of commercially bred dogs and
    cats in pet stores; they were also key players in the
    “Yes on 13” campaign to end greyhound racing
    in
    Florida.
  • Clarissa Uttley of Thornton, New Hampshire, and Renee Sundberg
    of Columbus, Ohio, devoted many weeks to helping the
    HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team
    take care of dogs that we rescued
    from large scale commercial breeders.
  • Laurie Newton of Westminster, Maryland, worked to help
    pass a statewide ban
    on the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet
    stores in Maryland.
  • Ashley Tucker Cunnyngham of Franklin, Tennessee, led the fight
    to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores in her city last
    year and succeeded despite a vigorous lobbying campaign mounted by
    the
    American Kennel Club
    and a local pet store.
  • Kara Moran of Virginia Beach and her group,
    Virginia Pawsitivaty
    , helped pass two Virginia state bills in
    2018 related to puppy mills and pet stores as well as local
    ordinances in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach to require inspections
    of pet shops and establish permitting policies to enable the local
    government to close problem pet shops.

You can find the full list of our 14 award winners at the

Advocates We Love Facebook album
. Please join me in
congratulating these amazing people who are making a real
difference for animals in their communities. And to learn more
about how you can be an advocate to end puppy mill abuse, check out
our
Advocate’s Guide to Stopping Puppy Mills.

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Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation