CLE – Taking Action Against Dog Fighting, Puppy Mills and Animal Abuse

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Animal Friends
562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Animal Friends in Partnership with the Allegheny County Bar Association presents a Continuing Legal Education Class

Protecting Pennsylvania’s Pets: Taking Action Against Dog Fighting, Puppy Mills and Animal Abuse
2 CLE Credits: 2 Substantive 

The course  is open to attorneys and non-attorneys alike. We encourage those interested in animal protection law to attend.

For any animal lover, hearing stories about animal abuse and neglect is heart wrenching. Sadly, most are not aware how severe this problem is in Pennsylvania and the many ways that helpless animals suffer abuse, neglect and cruelty each day in the neighborhoods we call home.

Hear from our panel of experts about combating dog fighting, protecting yourself and loved ones from purchasing a sick pet and how to recognize an inhumane breeder. Learn what you can do to at the local, state and federal level to encourage strong laws against companion animal cruelty. Regardless of your practice area, this class is essential for understanding how to save the lives of pets in our region.

Topics and Presenters

Federal Animal Protection Laws and Prosecution presented by Stephen Kaufman, Esq., Acting US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Attorney Kaufman will discuss the evolution of dog fighting laws in the United States. The presentation includes Attorney Kaufman’s first amendment case on dog fighting videos, crush videos and dog fighting paraphernalia.

PA Dog Law, PA Dog Purchase Protection Act (aka Puppy Lemon Law) and Victoria’s Law (PA SB-234, HB 1299) presented by Dara Lovitz, Esq., adjunct professor of Animal Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law. Dara’s discussion will feature an in-depth explanation of current Pennsylvania Dog Laws, the Pennsylvania Dog Purchase Protection Act also known as the “Puppy Lemon Law” and the newly re-introduced Victoria’s Law (PA SB-234, HB-1299).

Combatting Puppy Mills in Pennsylvania presented by Grace Kelly Herbert, co-founder and director of Finding Shelter Animal Rescue. A presentation of compelling animal case histories about puppy mills in our state. Grace will share the story of her beloved German Shepherd Victoria, a puppy mill survivor who she rescued in 2017.  Although Victoria is no longer with us, her life inspired the creation of the V for Victoria campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to educate people about puppy mills and give a face to the reality of commercial breeding. Grace’s hard work and determination has resulted in the introduction of Victoria’s Law, which will prohibit the commercial sale of puppy mill animals in pet stores.


Carol Whaley, Animal Friends Director of Humane Programming, Chair, Animal Friends Humane Legislation Committee, Humane Society of the United States, Humane Policy Volunteer Leader
Krista Koontz, Animal Friends Humane Society Police Officer
Justin Galvin, Animal Friends Humane Society Police Officer





*Seating is limited. Animal Friends will be following CDC guidelines and masks are recommended. A Zoom link will be offered for those who prefer not to attend in person.

For questions related to non-attorney registration please contact Carol at or 412.847.7094.