Henry’s Corner

 

MH900105190Dinniman Introduces Pet Protection Legislative Package: The bills would increase the penalties for animal cruelty, prohibit keeping a dog tied up all day in all weather conditions, and ensure the proper funding of the state office that inspects commercial kennels. Read More.

Dinniman tours the operating room of Main Line Animal Rescue in Chester Springs.

 

Senator Dinniman has long been a vocal advocate for tough animal cruelty laws in Pennsylvania. In 2008, he was a strong supporter of the Pennsylvania Dog Law, which cracked down on puppy mills by tightening kennel regulations and standards. In 2009, he worked to pass Act 38, which helps ensure that kennel dogs receive safe and proper medical care.

Most recently, Dinniman led the movement to pass “Daniel’s Law,”
which bans the carbon monoxide gassing of pet animals in Pennsylvania. Thanks to his efforts and the tireless work of a grassroots coalition of supporters, the legislature approved and the governor signed Act 182 of 2012 into law. The law, which also bans the use of several other inhumane methods of euthanization, was named for Daniel, a beagle that survived an Alabama gas chamber and is now enjoying his new life after being adopted by a New Jersey family.

In an ongoing effort to ensure that animals are treated humanely in Pennsylvania, Dinniman has introduced several pieces of new legislation.

Recognizing the link between violence against animals and violence against people, Dinniman continues to push for Senate Bill 863, his Pet Protection from Domestic Abuse Act, legislation that calls for strengthening Pennsylvania’s Animal Cruelty Law to increase the penalty when animal abuse happens in a domestic-violence situation. All too often, an estranged spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend will get back at their partner by hurting or killing their pet. Under this bill, if a person who is under a protection-from-abuse order commits animal cruelty against the pet of their spouse or partner, they would be charged with a third-degree felony instead of a first-degree misdemeanor, as is now the case.

Dinniman, his wife, Margo, and Henry during a visit to Marsh Creek Lake in Downingtown.

In addition, Dinniman is a strong supporter and first co-sponsor of Senate Bill 522, legislation that would prohibit the tethering of dogs for extended periods of time and in extreme conditions. The bill would require all tethers to provide unfettered access to shelter, food, water and shade and would also prohibit the use of choke collars, pinch collars and other chain collars that could cause injuries.

 


 

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Category: GeneralHuman Trafficking Advocacy Day in the State Capitol

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April 1, 2014

Attending the Arc of Pennsylvania's Legislative Reception at the Harrisburg Hilton following the organization's advocacy & policy day.

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Participating in PCN's Call-In Program on Education with Senator Folmer.

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Category: GeneralSPSBA and PHEFA Meetings

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April 3, 2014

State Public School Building Authority and Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority meeting in Harrisburg.

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Category: GeneralCCEDC Business Achievement Awards Dinner

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April 3, 2014

Honoring Oscar Lasko at the Chester County Economic Development Council Business Achievement Awards Dinner at the Phoenixville Foundry.

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Category: GeneralCCIU Celebrate Children Dinner

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April 4, 2014

Giving the Keynote Speech at the Chester County Intermediate Unit's "Celebrate Children Dinner" at the Desmond. The even is part of the Week of the Young Child.

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April 9, 2014

Honoring Valley Forge Christian College on its 75th Anniversary

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Category: GeneralConservation Committee Public Hearing on Pipelines

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April 10, 2014

Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution & Conservation Committee Public Hearing on pipelines at the West Pikeland Township building. A luncheon with members of the mushroom industry will follow.

Conservation Committee Public Hearing on Pipelines

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April 10, 2014

Recognizing members of the Paoli Business and Professional Association at its banquet at the Desmond.

Paoli Business and Professional Association Banquet

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April 10, 2014

Honoring members of the Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau at its banquet at Goshen Fire Hall.

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Category: GeneralThorndale-Downingtown Rotary Breakfast

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April 11, 2014

Attending Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary Breakfast at Green Street Grille.

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April 11, 2014

Attending the meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators in Harrisburg.

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Category: GeneralVisit to Walnut Street Labs

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April 15, 2014

Visiting and speaking at Walnut Street Labs, a startup incubator in West Chester.

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Category: GeneralGood Friday (State Offices Closed)

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Category: GeneralAKA Emerging Young Leader's Group

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April 19, 2014

Speaking to Alpha Kappa Akpha's Emerging Young Leaders Group at St. Paul's Baptist Church.

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Category: GeneralCCIU Legislative Meeting

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April 24, 2014

Attending the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Legislative Meeting on the Keystone Exams.

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Category: GeneralArbor Day Celebration at Hoopes Park

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April 25, 2014

Speaking at the New Century Club's 25th Annual Arbor Day Celebration.

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April 25, 2014

Lunch meeting with representatives from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania at Immaculata University.

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April 25, 2014

Meeting with members of the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County during “Family Center Network Week.”

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Category: GeneralSafe Harbor Spring Celebration

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April 26, 2014

Attending the Safe Harbor Spring Celebration at Whitford Country Club.

Safe Harbor Spring Celebration

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Category: GeneralEarth Day Movie Screening at the Colonial Theater

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April 27, 2014

Speaking at a screening of "Fierce Green Fire" at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville.

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Category: GeneralHumane Lobby Day in Harrisburg

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Attending PA Bio Breakfast and Advocacy Day in Harrisburg.

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