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May 29, 2012

Dear Friend –

Daniel and Friend
Senator Dinniman meets Daniel
at the Rally for Daniel's Law.

We need your help in getting “Daniel’s Law” Senate Bill 1329, my legislation that puts an end to the gassing of dogs and cats in the Commonwealth, through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Thanks to the support of animal advocates like you, this spring we were able to get Senate Bill 1329 passed unanimously by the Pennsylvania Senate.

The bill now needs to be taken up and approved by the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in order to get to the House floor for a final vote. The decision as to whether the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee acts on Senate Bill 1329, or lets it stall and expire at the end of session, is in the hands of the committee chairman, state Representative John Maher.

I encourage you to contact Representative Maher this week and let him know how important this bill is to you and how important it is for this bill to be approved by his committee in June, before the House adjourns for the summer.

Since the legislature will only be in session for a limited number of weeks in the fall, we must get this bill passed through committee now, so when the House returns in September it can be on the floor for consideration and final approval. If Senate Bill 1329 is not approved before the legislative session expires at the end of the year, we will have to start all over again, including getting Senate approval, when the new legislature convenes in January 2013.

Daniel “the Miracle Dog” with his sister Shelby, a rescue who has been trained
Daniel “the Miracle Dog” with his sister Shelby, a rescue who has been trained
to be a therapy dog.

We have spent years trying to end the gassing of dogs and cats in Pennsylvania, and we are finally close to victory. Your help is desperately needed to make it a reality.

Based on our success in getting unanimous Senate approval, an effort in which many of your participated, here are some suggestions:

  • Make it clear that you want Senate Bill 1329 considered and approved by the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in June and that you know that this relies on Representative Maher’s action as committee chairman.
  • Make it clear that the issue is of utmost importance to you, your family and friends.
  • Make it clear that the practice of gassing dogs and cats must be stopped in Pennsylvania and you are determined to see Senate Bill 1329 passed.
  • Make it clear that you will be paying very close attention to the bill, as it goes through the House legislative process.

You can contact Representative Maher by:

E-mail: jmaher@pahousegop.com

Phone: (717) 783-1522

Post Mail: 113 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2040

Pennsylvania’s dogs and cats need your help. Please stand up and give voice to the voiceless. E-mail, call or write Representative John Maher today, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Sincerely,

Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District

Prime Sponsor of “Daniel’s Law” Senate Bill 1329

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P.S. Currently in Pennsylvania, based on a 1983 law, it is perfectly legal to kill a dog or cat by attaching a hose from the tailpipe of an automobile to a sealed container where the animal suffocates to death inside. In fact, current law only stipulates that if you euthanize your dog by exhaust from an internal combustion engine, the temperature of the exhaust cannot exceed 115 degrees! Senate Bill 1329 would make this practice illegal, as well as put an end to gas chambers in shelter facilities. Please contact Representative Maher, Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and ask him to bring Senate Bill 1329 up for a vote in committee in June.

P.P.S. As you may recall, Senate Bill 1329 is named for Daniel “the Miracle Dog,” the 5-year-old beagle that gained national fame for surviving an Alabama gas chamber. Today, Daniel lives happily with the Dwyer family in Nutley, New Jersey, where he has embraced a new life as a symbol against pet animal gas chambers, and enjoys the company of dog siblings Shelby, Rommel, Greta and Spartacus.


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District Office
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West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.692.2112
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
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