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Local advocates, lawmakers to be honored for strengthening animal cruelty laws

Chron logo Chron 1/23/2018 John D. Harden, Houston Chronicle

The Texas Humane Legislation Network and Houston PetSet on Tuesday will honor local animal welfare advocates for the passage of a bill that strengthened statewide animal cruelty laws for violent animal abusers.

Those being honored include advocates Jan Duncan and Jessica Milligan, and Harris county assistant district attorney.

Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, debates at the Capitol during the special session in August. She says her district includes Republicans concerned mostly with business issues, not social issues. Davis fears that narrowing the definition of what it means to be a Republican could alienate people. © Tom Reel, Staff Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, debates at the Capitol during the special session in August. She says her district includes Republicans concerned mostly with business issues, not social issues. Davis fears that narrowing the definition of what it means to be a Republican could alienate people.

Lawmakers being honored include  Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place., Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston and Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston.

According to the nonprofits, those being feted at the Houston event are longtime animal advocates and supporters of THLN's legislative agenda and helped usher the passage of  Senate Bill 762. It went into effect Sept. 1.

Texas Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle) © Marie D. De Jesus Marie De Jesus, Staff Texas Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle)

"Passage of SB 762 would never have happened without advocates like these. This win was hard-fought and will change the fate of so many animals in our state, " said THLN Executive Director Laura Donahue.

The advocates and lawmakers will be honored at 6 p.m. at the Toulouse Cafe and Bar at 4444 Westheimer Road, E100 in Hosuton.

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