My name is Reilly Barletta.
You’ve probably heard of me – I’m an English Cream Golden Retriever and Lou’s best pal.
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People say if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. So, Lou got me!
Lou and I go everywhere together, from the campaign trail in Pennsylvania to the halls of Congress. I was even named the Cutest Dog on Capitol Hill! And unlike politicians in Washington, I’m always happy to see Lou.
But I’m more than a handsome face. I’m a constant reminder to Lou that his top priority is standing up for the most vulnerable, including animals.
- Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, which protects the human and animal victims of domestic violence and supports the work of battered women’s shelters to accommodate pets.
- Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which makes malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property and in interstate commerce, and complements state anti-cruelty laws.
- Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, which strengthens federal law against the “soring” of show horses, whereby caustic chemicals and other painful substances are used to injure horses’ hooves and legs to induce a high-stepping gait.
- Cosponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which prohibits the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas.
I’m proud of the work Lou has done for me and other four-legged friends.
If you care about the humane treatment of animals, you should join me in supporting my best friend, Lou.