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August 29, 2012

Rally to end Animal-Gassing on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Harrisburg

Dear Friends,

My bill to end the gassing of animals in Pennsylvania needs a final push to become the law, but time is running out on us. I hope you, your friends and your pets can attend our rally at noon on Tuesday, September 25 at the Capitol in Harrisburg to persuade lawmakers to pass a ban on animal-gassing and end this inhumane practice.

The rally will take place outside at the Capitol Fountain, located at the East Wing entrance off of Commonwealth Avenue. Daniel, the beagle who survived an Alabama gas chamber and the namesake of “Daniel’s Law,” is scheduled to attend.

Daniel “the Miracle Dog” with his sister Shelby, a rescue who has been trained
Daniel “the Miracle Dog,” the namesake of Senate Bill 1329, who 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.

For years we have been working to end the gassing of dogs and cats in Pennsylvania, and we have made great progress. Last fall, a number of you were able to attend our rally at Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Chester County in support of this important legislation. Others helped by e-mailing and contacting key legislators in support of the bill. Thanks to your hard work and lobbying efforts, the Pennsylvania Senate approved my Senate Bill 1329 by a unanimous 48-0 vote in March and sent it to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for its approval.

But unless state Rep. John Maher, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, moves the bill out of committee, our years-long drive to end Pennsylvania animal gas chambers will be in jeopardy. In the Pennsylvania legislature, a committee chairman can defeat a bill by simply not bringing it up for consideration.

If Daniel’s Law fails to be voted on and approved by Rep. Maher’s committee and the full House this fall, all our work will be for naught, and Pennsylvania’s animal gas chambers will remain in operation. When the Pennsylvania Legislature adjourns at the end of this October, all unapproved bills including SB 1329 will expire, and we will have to introduce a new Senate Bill in January 2013 and start our efforts all over again.

Let’s not let that happen. Please join us at the rally, which again will be held on Tuesday, September 25 at 12 noon at the fountain directly behind the Capitol Building, and feel free to bring your leashed dog or cat.

The rally will occur rain or shine. I encourage you to invite your friends, family and all who love dogs and cats and want to stand up for their humane treatment. If you plan to come to the rally – with or without your dog or cat – please contact Deb Woolson in my office at 610-692-2112 or by Thursday, September 20 in order to help us plan appropriately.

If you cannot attend but still want to help get Daniel’s Law passed, contact my Legislative Director, Martin Indars, at

Your efforts in this matter mean everything. Be the voice for the dogs and cats of Pennsylvania. Stop the inhuman practice of animal-gassing now.


Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District

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District Office
One North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.692.2112
Fax: 610.436.1721
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183 Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
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