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Pennsylvania State Director

Sarah Speed

Before becoming The HSUS's Pennsylvania state director in 2007, Sarah Speed advocated for animal protection legislation in her native California.

Speed was, as a law student, the driving force behind California's S.B. 353, which was signed into law in August 2007 and allows judges to include animals in protective orders in domestic violence situations.

In Pennsylvania, Speed coordinated the efforts of The HSUS, ASPCA, and numerous other animal-related organizations to pass H.B. 2525, dealing a serious blow to Pennsylvania’s puppy mill industry.

Speed also serves as executive director of Bringing Animals Restitution and Care, the nation's first psychological counseling program targeted specifically at animal abusers.

She is a member of York Advanced Technical Rescue and is certified in animal response disciplines including large animal technical rescue, swiftwater rescue, and ICE recovery. 

Speed received a bachelor's degree in art from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from the University of San Diego. She passed the California Bar on her first attempt and is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Speed serves as the legislative chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and as secretary of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team.

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