Burns hosts annual Pet Food Drive in conjunction with ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month’

EBENSBURG, April 4 – Seizing the opportunity to remind folks that he favors stiffer animal abuse penalties, state Rep. Frank Burns will host his annual Pet Food Drive from April 15 to May 15 at his four offices and in participating 72nd Legislative District schools.

Burns, D-Cambria, noted that April is an opportune time to start the drive, as it is “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” month. He is asking residents to donate non-perishable pet food items, either in the classrooms of participating schools or at one of these constituent service offices:

  • 535 Fairfield Ave., Lower Yoder Township, 15906;

  • 119 S. Center St., Ebensburg, 15931;

  • 112-A Munster Road, Portage, 15946; or

  • Patton Senior Center, 405 Park Ave., 16668 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays).

In addition to schools, Burns is coordinating this drive with a local animal protection organization.

“Unfortunately, many animals in Pennsylvania wind up in shelters because of abuse or neglect, or because they simply don’t have a home,” Burns said. “In turn, these shelters can become cash-strapped when tasked with feeding and caring for such animals. In the past, citizens of the 72nd Legislative District have shown their generosity for this cause – and we’re counting on them to show it again.”

Burns also noted he remains strongly in favor of toughening the commonwealth’s animal abuse penalties, which currently stand at up to two years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

“Increasing both of these is a top priority of mine, because as a dog owner, I believe anyone who harms a defenseless animal deserves to have the book thrown at them,” Burns said. “With your support, I believe we can make this change happen. In the meantime, if you see someone abusing an animal, please call the police. Don’t look the other way.”