Thank Washington's Governor for Signing Companion Animal Protection Bills

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Originally Posted: 7 May 2009

Thank Washington's Governor for Signing Companion Animal Protection Bills

From Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)


Go online to Governor Christine Gregoire's online action form. Select "2009 Legislation" as the subject of your message and write a brief courteous note thanking her for signing ESSB 5651, SSB 5402 into law.

Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
phone (360) 902-4111
fax (360) 753-4110


Below is a list of the bills that passed the legislature this session. Be sure to visit our 2009 Washington State legislation page for the final status of the bills PAWS followed this year:

  • ESSB 5651—the puppy mill bill, which prohibits breeders from possessing more than 50 unsterilized dogs and requires basic animal welfare standards, was signed into law by Governor Gregoire on April 30. Washington is now one of the only three states in the county to limit the size of these large-scale breeding facilities!
  • SSB 5402—Seraphina's bill, (named after a rescued dog who survived severe neglect by her guardian) prohibits people convicted of felony animal cruelty from owning animals in the future. SSB 5402 was also signed into law by Governor Gregoire on April 30. This Washington law now includes a permanent ban on future pet ownership for repeated animal cruelty convictions!

And politely encourage her to sign into law HB 1148:

  • HB 1148—the pet protective orders bill, allows courts to grant specific protections for pets in cases of domestic violence. This bill was passed by the legislature and is waiting to be reviewed and signed by the Governor. Given the repeated research which shows a link between animal cruelty and violence against humans, this bill is a step forward in protections for both human and animal victims of domestic violence.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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