Current state law does not bar kennel owners from euthanizing their dogs with firearms, even if the dogs are healthy. Rendell is urging passage of a state House bill that would allow only veterinarians to euthanize dogs in commercial breeding kennels.
He says if that bill had been in effect, the dogs would probably be in rescue societies awaiting adoption. He spoke at a Philadelphia dog park accompanied by Maggie, one of his family's two golden retrievers.
On Friday night, 100 people attended a vigil for the animals outside the Berks County property.