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October 18, 2012

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to inform you that the Pennsylvania legislature has passed a new law banning the gassing of dogs and cats in the Commonwealth! Please see the press release below and feel free to share this e-mail with your friends or family members who care about animals.


Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District

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News Release

Lawmakers Approve Dinniman’s Initiative to End the Gassing of Dogs and Cats
New Law Requires Dismantling of Euthanasia Gas Chambers

HARRISBURG (October 18) – State Sen. Andy Dinniman announced that lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to ban the carbon-monoxide gassing of animals and to decommission the gas chambers still used to euthanize pet animals in parts of Pennsylvania.

The General Assembly’s passage of House Bill 2630 successfully concludes Dinniman’s 18-month effort to rid Pennsylvania of the euthanasia gas chambers and represents “a historic milestone in Pennsylvania for the humane treatment of dogs, cats and other pets,” Dinniman said.

Dinniman’s work included a November 2011 ban-gassing rally that attracted more than 400 residents and their pets to the Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern. The guest of honor was Joe Dwyer of New Jersey and “Daniel,” a beagle that survived an Alabama gas chamber and was subsequently adopted by Dwyer. Dinniman named his bill “Daniel’s Law.”

Upon the governor’s signing of House Bill 2630, Pennsylvania will join the list of 20 states that ban carbon-monoxide gassing.

Dinniman said, “When faced with the unfortunate task of putting down a dog, cat, or other pet animal, it’s incumbent on us as compassionate people to use the method that is the most humane, painless and anxiety-free for the animal.”

Dinniman introduced his first bill banning dog-gassing in March 2011 and his second such bill in October 2011. House Bill 2630 is a compilation of Dinniman’s second bill and provisions added by House members. It both bans gas chambers and also comprehensively updates Pennsylvania’s current 25-year-old Animal Destruction Method Authorization Law, which currently not only allows carbon-monoxide gassing but goes on to explain how to do it when hooking up a hose to an automobile exhaust.

In addition to the ban on gassing, Pennsylvania’s new animal euthanasia law will require that animals be euthanized by injection of an FDA-approved euthanasia solution -- such as the commonly used sodium pentobarbital -- and that such injection be given by a euthanasia technician licensed by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

In addition, the new euthanasia law will require veterinarians and animal protection organizations to disclose the specific euthanasia method they use.

“I own a dog named Henry, and Henry is simply a part of my family. But whether or not someone owns a dog, cat, or some other pet animal, we all agree that it’s both a legal and moral responsibility to care for that animal best we can,” Dinniman said.

“Near the end of an animal’s life, sometimes the most humane choice for a pet is to end its suffering. When that difficult time comes, Pennsylvanians deserve to be sure that their pet or any pet animal is euthanized as humanely and painlessly as possible and by someone specifically trained to do that difficult task,” Dinniman said. “It’s gratifying to know that with Wednesday’s passage of Pennsylvania new animal euthanasia law, Pennsylvanians now will have that assurance.”

“Studies have shown that the way we treat animals is directly related to the way we treat each other,” Dinniman added. “My hope is that as we treat our pets in a more humane and kind way, we will also learn how to treat each other in a more humane and kind way.”

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s West Chester Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail


Offices of State Senator Andy Dinniman


District Office
One North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.692.2112
Fax: 610.436.1721
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203019
183 Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
Phone: 717.787.5709
Fax: 717.787.4384

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