Pennsylvania animal welfare group fetes 150 years of helping

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 21, 2017 5:37 PM


(Philadelphia) -- Pennsylvania's animal welfare agency is celebrating its 150th birthday, and one special gift it has received is new legislation strengthening laws against animal cruelty.

Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held a birthday party for itself Wednesday at its Philadelphia headquarters.

Shelter pets were treated to sweets and a slew of video congratulations came in from politicians, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Phillies Catcher Cameron Rupp.

Colonel M. Richards Mucklé founded the PSPCA in 1867 after seeing the mistreatment of horses in Philadelphia.

Also Wednesday, Wolf is set to sign a bill known as "Libre's Law," which strengthens animal cruelty and neglect laws in the state. It is named after an abused Boston Terrier rescued from a breeding facility last year.

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