He was the mascot for animal abuse legislation last year. On Thursday, Romeo the dog made a return appearance to the state capital.
Romeo was abused by his Pulaski County owner. Last year, lawmakers passed a law in his name that made abuse of an animal a felony.
On Thursday, he, along with other pets and animal rights activists staged a rally in the capital rotunda in support of several bills.
House Bill 137 would establish shelter and shade requirements for dogs.
"I think that's really important, especially in our county. We're having a lot of trouble with that right now with the economy the way it is, people are having a hard time providing for their animals. We're finding now that dogs are tied out, who don't have shelter," said Melody Kretzschmer with the Pulaski County Humane Society.
Another bill would require antifreeze makers put a bitter substance in their products. Antifreeze can be deadly to animals who drink it.