Area congressmen coming to Francisvale Thursday

This press release was received from Congressman’s Jim Gerlach’s office Wednesday.

Gerlach, Meehan to highlight legislation combating puppy mills and protecting consumers

EXTON – Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District)and Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-7th District) will be meeting with staff and volunteers at Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the importance of enacting the bipartisan Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

WHAT: Visit to Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals

WHEN: 10:30 A.M. EDT

WHERE: 328 Upper Gulph Road at Arden Road

Radnor PA

Gerlach and Meehan have been working together on H.R. 835, which would close a loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act used by puppy-mill operators to evade reasonable regulations and standards for the humane treatment of dogs.

The bill would make the following changes to the Animal Welfare Act:

• All dog breeders who sell more than 50 puppies per year directly to the public will be federally licensed and inspected.

• Dogs at commercial breeding facilities must be given the opportunity to exercise for 60 minutes a day.

• The bill will not affect small breeders and hobby breeders who sell fewer than 50 dogs per year directly to the public, but is crafted to cover only large commercial breeding facilities.

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter. Their goal is to provide caring, temporary shelter until the animals find suitable, loving, permanent homes.

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