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April 23, 2012

New Hampshire Senator Bob Odell Receives 2011 Humane State Legislator Award

Every year, The Humane Society of the United States recognizes state legislators who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advanced reform in the policy-making arena. The organization is pleased to announce that New Hampshire State Senator Bob Odell, R-Lempster, has received a Humane State Legislator award for his work on animal welfare legislation in 2011.

Sen. Odell is being honored for sponsoring S.B. 55, a bill that would have required a bittering agent be added to antifreeze to make it unpalatable to pets and children, potentially savings hundreds of human and animal lives in the process. The measure passed the Senate under his leadership, but unfortunately did not advance in the House.

“As a dog-lover, I’m proud to sponsor S.B. 55 because it will give added protection to our pets and our children whose welfare is very much our responsibility,” said Sen. Odell. “As a state Senator, I find it often takes a few tries to pass even the best legislation, so I remain committed to S.B. 55 and will continue to work for its passage. Receiving the 2011 Humane State Legislature award for this bill is a true honor.”

"Senator Odell has been an outstanding champion of animal protection in the New Hampshire legislature," said Joanne Bourbeau, northeastern regional director for The HSUS. "We look forward to working with him in the future to bring the antifreeze bill over the finish line, and to advance other important animal protection initiatives in the Granite State."

Sen. Odell received the award at a ceremony at the Concord-Merrimack County SPCA in Penacook, N.H. Photographs from the event are available upon request.

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Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440 rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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