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Meehan, Gerlach Tour Radnor No-Kill Animal Shelter, Promoting Puppy Mill Bill

RADNOR, Pa. (CBS) – Two local congressmen toured a no-kill animal shelter in Delaware County to highlight legislation designed to protect pet owners and crackdown on puppy mills.

Congressmen Patrick Meehan and Jim Gerlach met with volunteers and staff at the Francisvale Shelter to talk about how the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act or PUPS would end inhumane treatment of dogs at large breeding kennels.

Meehan says the measure calls for all commercial breeders selling more than 50 dogs a year to the public to be federally licensed and inspected regularly, “Between two to four million dogs a year are sold through pet stores that are raised in puppy mills and there’s great concern about the conditions when you’re looking at these kinds of animals not as pets but as cash crops.”

He says some large breeders have evaded federal animal welfare laws by selling dogs on the Internet. Unfortunately, he says, Pennsylvania is one of the leading puppy mill states in the country.

Gerlach says the proposed PUPS Act would make accountable people motivated by profit rather than humane treatment of dogs, “But bottom line is there’s far too many puppy mills, places where dogs and cats are bred in a very inhumane and intolerable conditions.”

Reported by Suburban Bureau Chief Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. kate says:

    kudos to the politicans not too busy to remember the voiceless– this country is being brought down by greed in alot of cases. breeding animals to profit in the thousands each year not caring about the conditions the animals live in may not seem important to many but it should be governed. As Gandhi said”the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”–

  2. Jerre Pierce says:

    I worked with Mr. Meehan’s Mother years ago and she would be especially proud of all of her son’s accomplishmants. I think that these two men should be applauded for their efforts in this issue. As a volunteer for a local animal shelter, you novices have no clue of what people do to animals…especially to make money. It’s sick, disgusting and inhumance. Continue on gentlemen, you definitely are heros in my book.

  3. Robert Klinicki says:

    This country is going bankrupt, we are running $1.6T budget deficits/year, businesses are being killed by excessive regulations by OSHA, EPA, etc. and these 2 clowns are worried about dogs and cats!!! Where is their common sense? How much will this cost? This is not the responsibility of the Federal Government. Nero fiddles while Rome burns!

    Gerlach has been my congressman for 8 years and he has been a big spender the entire time. Who will be challenging him in the primary? Whoever it is has my support and money.

    Bob Klinicki
    West Chester, PA

  4. Zoe says:

    Both guys now have my vote forever!

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