|Senator Dinniman and his dog, Henry,with Lucky (left), a rescue dog adopted by one of his staff members.
We did it! Earlier this week the governor signed House Bill 2630 (the House version of Daniel’s Law) into law as Act 182 of 2012.
With the signing of this legislation, Pennsylvania now becomes the 20th state in the nation to ban the carbon monoxide gassing of dogs and cats. In addition, the new pet euthanasia law prohibits the following methods of euthanasia:
- High altitude decompression chamber or decompression device.
- Chloroform, ether, halothane or fluothane.
Furthermore, any shelter facilities that use chambers or devices for such methods are required to dismantle and render them inoperative under the law.
I am thrilled that my legislative colleagues and I were able to work in a bipartisan manner to get this bill passed during the final days of session. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support and grassroots lobbying efforts of thousands of volunteers and supports like you.
And I must also recognize the bill’s namesake, Daniel, the beagle that survived 17 minutes in an Alabama gas chamber and now lives happily with the Dwyer family in Nutley, New Jersey. When we began this effort, Daniel was just a puppy. Now, Joe Dwyer tells me that he has settled into his new life and home and very much enjoys just being a family dog.
The passage of Daniel’s Law marks a major step forward in the way we treat our pets and other animals in the Commonwealth. It is a good day for cats, dogs and the people of Pennsylvania because the way we treat our pets is indicative of the way we treat each other. And when we stand up for all God’s creatures, we stand up for our own humanity.
Offices of State
Senator Andy Dinniman