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November 7, 2011

Dear Friends,

Daniel today, happy and healthy with new friends in his foster home
Daniel today, happy and healthy
with new friends in his foster home

I’m an animal lover, and I know that many of you are, too.

Like me, you were probably moved by the story of Daniel the stray beagle who has been dubbed the “Miracle Dog” since surviving the gas chamber at an Alabama animal shelter.

Do you know that it’s not only legal in Pennsylvania to euthanize a dog or cat by gassing, the law actually explains how to do it if you’re hooking up the hose to your car’s exhaust pipe.

Startling to hear, but it’s true. And as a result, several Pennsylvania animal shelters still euthanize animals by carbon-monoxide gassing. They do so even though animals destroyed by such methods can take 25 minutes to die and even though the Association of Shelter Veterinarians calls euthanasia-by-gassing “inhumane.”

It’s time for change. It’s time for Pennsylvania to join the long and growing list of states that prohibit gassing as a method for euthanizing dogs and cats. That is why I have introduced Senate Bill 1329, legislation that would once and for all ban this cruel practice. The bill, which we are calling “Daniel’s Law” after the miracle dog, currently has 35 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. It would ensure that when the euthanization of a pet animal is necessary, only the most humane methods are used.

Now, I need your help to raise awareness of this issue and to move Senate Bill 1329 forward.

Rally to Support Daniel's Law! Rally to Support Daniel's Law! First, I encourage you to come out to meet Daniel and me at the Rally for Daniel’s Law, set for Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. at Thorncroft Equestrian Center. The event will feature several speakers from the animal rescue community. It is open to well-behaved, leashed dogs and complimentary dog biscuits will be provided. Please be sure to dress warmly and RSVP to

In addition, I encourage you to contact your local representatives and members of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in support of Senate Bill 1329. Contact information, talking points and a sample letter are available here.

Thank you and always, feel free to e-mail me at with any questions you may have.


Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District

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