V For Victoria. A special campaign for an extremely special dog.
Victoria, an 11 year old German Shepherd, was rescued By Finding Shelter in 2017 from a Lancaster County, PA puppy mill. She was born at the farm and lived there for 10 years as a breeding dog. Right after her rescue, she received the terminal diagnosis of Degenerative Myelopathy and was placed on hospice care for the remainder of her life which was expected to be six months to a year. Victoria exceeded all expectations and lived for 16 months as a part of a family in a loving home, the first time she had been in a house for her entire life. Victoria passed away on February 26, 2019 in the arms of her mom and dad who loved her dearly.
The V for Victoria campaign was established so that Victoria could experience the fun activities that life has to offer for dogs. She was able to do the things that she missed out on for 10 years imprisoned on the farm, even after she became paralyzed. She checked off some “bucket list” items just for fun and educated humans about puppy mills while raising funds for Finding Shelter Animal Rescue puppy mill dogs. She had adventures and experiences that enriched her life and touched the lives of so many.
In 2019, Pennsylvania State Senators Tom Killion and Andy Dinniman introduced the Pet Retail Sales Bill and called it “Victoria’s Law.” A mirror bill is being introduced by State Representatives Jason Ortitay and Harry Readshaw.
Victoria’s Law would require that pet stores in Pennsylvania discontinue the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits and only offer animals rescued from shelters and rescues. Detailed information about Victoria’s Law can be found via Humane PA PAC.
V for Victoria was not just a campaign to enrich Victoria’s life, but it was also aimed at bringing awareness to the ongoing puppy mill industry issues and atrocities. Victoria was relinquished from a legal, licensed breeding operation. Her very minimal requirements for care were legally met. The best way to stop puppy mills is to discontinue the demand for their product: their puppies. With no demand for their puppies, the puppy mills would not have consumers to keep their supply going. Ending third party sales in pet stores and over the internet would drastically reduce outlets for which the puppies can be sold, also diminishing supply.
Victoria was a brave, wonderful, beautiful and forgiving dog and her legacy will live on through Victoria’s Law. Pennsylvania residents, please contact your state senators and representatives to ask them to support SB 44 Victoria’s Law so she can leave her mark on this world after saying farewell to the happy life she finally found after so many long and difficult years.