Two Bucks County lawmakers were recognized this week for their efforts to protect animals.
State Rep. Frank Farry, R-142, of Langhorne, on Monday was named 2017 Humane Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States. The organization also recognized animal advocacy efforts from U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, by awarding him the Legislative Leader Award.
Farry accepted his award along with his shih tzu, Bulmers, on Monday in Harrisburg.
“We have been successful in passing major animal welfare initiatives in Harrisburg the last few years, but there is more work to be done to ensure our animals are properly safeguarded from abuse and neglect,” Farry said in a media release.
Among the animal rights legislation pushed by Farry was House Bill 1216, which guards against animals being left in unattended vehicles in situations that present a health risk.
Fitzpatrick has supported legislation including House Resolution 4693, also known as the Puppy Protection Act, which aims to improve the conditions in which breeding dogs are kept. The bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.
“It’s crucial we stand up for animals — both as individuals and as a society,” Fitzpatrick said in a media release Wednesday. “As a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I’m committed to ensuring our government is doing its part to promote animal welfare.”