Subscribe to E-Newsletter August 12, 2015

Dear Friend,

Because I know that you care about animals as much as I do, I am writing to ask that you support two pieces of legislation I sponsored as part of my commitment to improve the protection and humane treatment of pets in Pennsylvania.

Senator Dinniman with Jazz
Senator Dinniman with Jazz, a standard poodle he
recently rescued from near certain euthanization
in a New York City shelter.

Senate Bill 594 (Prime Sponsor: Dinniman) All too often, an estranged spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend will try to get back at his or her spouse or partner by hurting or killing their pet. This bill seeks to add a section to PA’s Animal Cruelty Law to specifically address when animals are injured or killed by a person with a protection from abuse order against them.

Senate Bill 373 (Prime Sponsor: Alloway, Co-sponsor: Dinniman) This bill strengthens standards for tethering dogs in relation to the length, safety and fit of the tether, and also calls for the availability of food, water, shade, shelter and other conditions for tethered dogs.

Your help and your voice are crucial to the success of these bills. Both bills have passed the Senate and are currently in the House Judiciary Committee waiting to be called for a vote. I encourage you to immediately contact the chairs of the committee, whom I have listed below, to let them know you want these bills voted out of committee as early as possible. Then, the bills can proceed to the House floor for a final vote.

Hon. Ron Marsico
Chair, House Judiciary Committee
315J Main Capitol Building
P.O. Box 202105
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2105
(717) 783-2014 |

Hon. Joseph A. Petrarca
Minority Chair, House Judiciary Committee
220 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202055
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2055
(717) 787-5142 |

Together we can ensure these bills are on the Governor’s desk as soon as possible. On behalf of Pennsylvania’s pets, thank you for your support of this effort.


Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District


For more information please contact Diane Sheppard at (610) 692-2112 or

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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