Who Are We?

Learn a little more about each of the authors of this legislation.

Kris MacDonald

Kris MacDonald is the only one of the group that is not an attorney.  He is actually a real estate agent, but also a pet owner and one that suffered an unnecessary loss of his beloved dog Crawford.  Kris has spent the last 6 years trying to bring about change after learning just how the legal system views companion animals.  He had made the first 3 attempts to bring forth this legislation and has testified in front of the Joint Judiciary Committee each time.

Diane Sullivan

Diane Sullivan is an Assistant Dean of Students and a professor of law. She teaches Uniform Commercial Code, Contracts, Issues Impacting Women, and Animal Law. In addition, Dean Sullivan serves as moderator and Producer of MSLAW’s Educational Forum television series. Dean Sullivan received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Fitchburg State College, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Massachusetts School of Law. 

Chesley Oriel

Attorney Chesley Oriel has been an Attorney involved in a general practice for over fifty years. In 1976 he helped to organize the Framingham Animal Humane Society which is now known as the MetroWest Humane Society. After his dog Cody died, he decided to create a group to change the way society values our family pets. By reaching out to others, he was able to assemble our group. He is also actively looking to change the way manufacturers of pet drugs market their products without full disclosure about side effects. He believes that the time is now to make changes that will benefit our pets and have the laws reflect how we treat them;  as members of our family!