PHILADELPHIA (September 12, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman was recently honored with the Jack Kelly Leadership Award for his ongoing commitment to advocating for animals by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia (CNKP).
Dinniman received the award at the nonprofit organization’s 9th Annual Super Adoption Day, Philadelphia’s longest-running annual pet adoption event, at the Piazza in Northern Liberties on Saturday. Several organizations were also honored for their efforts.
“I am honored to receive this award and equally appreciative of the ongoing efforts of Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, the Humane Society of Pennsylvania, and so many other citizens and advocates and organizations that step forward to give a voice to our pets and animals,” Dinniman said. “They’re the real heroes here and none of our accomplishments, past, present or future, would be possible without their commitment, dedication, hard work, and determination.”
“We’ve made some progress in tightening animal cruelty laws and improving standards of humane care in Pennsylvania, but there is a lot more work to do. And I look forward to partnering with you to get it done – to ending puppy mills, to increasing pet adoption, and to finding a permanent home for every dog or cat that ends up in a shelter.”
The Jack Kelly Leadership Award is named for Councilman Jack Kelly for his exceptional leadership in Philadelphia’s Animal Welfare Community during his time in office. Councilman Kelly served on Philadelphia City Council from 2004-2012 and was best known for his animal advocacy. CNKP recognized Councilman Kelly’s outstanding animal advocacy by awarding him the inaugural Jack Kelly Leadership Award last year.
“Senator Dinniman has been a leader in the fight for stronger animal cruelty laws and humane legislation in the Commonwealth, and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to protecting animals by teaming up with legislators on both sides of the aisle to introduce comprehensive pet protection legislation, including bills that would, among other things, 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,” said Samantha Holbrook, CNKP President. “As an animal welfare advocacy organization, animal protection legislation is clearly very important to CNKP and our supporters, and we recognize the critical need for legislators to take action on behalf of animals to enhance protection against cruelty and abuse.”
Dinniman has been a leader in working for stronger animal cruelty laws and humane legislation in the Commonwealth, including passing “Daniel’s Law” (Act 182 of 2012), which bans the carbon monoxide gassing of pet animals inhumane methods of euthanization.
Currently, Dinniman is working to pass the following bills:
- His Senate Bill 480, the Pet Protection from Domestic Abuse Act, which calls for strengthening Pennsylvania’s Animal Cruelty Law to increase the penalty when animal abuse happens in a domestic-violence situation. This often occurs when an estranged spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend (who is under a protection from abuse order from a former partner) will get back at that individual by hurting or killing their pet in order to inflict emotional harm. The bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Senate Bill 1154 to prohibit the sale of commercially raised dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores across Pennsylvania. The legislation is designed to move the pet market toward more humane sources by prohibiting Pennsylvania pet stores from selling puppies, kittens, and rabbits coming from inhumane mills that treat mother dogs, cats, and rabbits as nothing more than breeding machines and their offspring as mere products. Stores will be allowed to source from shelters and rescues and offer homeless animals for adoption, enabling them to be part of the pet overpopulation solution. Dinniman is the prime co-sponsor of this bill, which is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- His Senate Bill 636, the Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act, to prohibit leaving a dog or a cat in a hot vehicle. The legislation makes it a summary offense (punishable by a fine of up to $300) to confine a dog or cat in a vehicle under conditions that jeopardize the animal’s health. The bill also gives police officers, humane officers or other public safety professionals the authority to remove the dog or cat from the unattended motor vehicle if they believe the dog or cat is suffering and is in danger after a reasonable search for the owner or operator of the vehicle. The bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In addition, recently the Pennsylvania legislature passed “Libre’s Law,” a comprehensive overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal protection laws that increased penalties for severe animal abuse or neglect, extended protections to horses and established limits on dog tethering, among other measures.
Founded in 2009, Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia is a non-profit group comprised committed to saving all healthy and treatable companion animals in Philadelphia shelters, and working with the citizens to prevent animals from entering our city’s shelter system.
Using grassroots efforts, community outreach events and surrender prevention, and political advocacy, Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia works alongside Philadelphia community members, other non-profit groups and with elected officials to raise awareness about creating a no-kill model that will save the lives of the more than 10,000 cats, dogs and small animals that die each year in Philadelphia shelters because of overpopulation and lack of resources.
As of the end of the day Saturday, CNKP had a total of 30 dog and cat adoptions at the event, though that number is likely to rise over the next week or so. While many of the rescues/shelters did process adoptions on site, others have adoption policies that require in-home visits or pet meet and greets.