California’s Governor‘s budget proposal includes a suspension of “The Hayden”Bill, thereby reducing the amount of time that animals are housed in shelters before they can be euthanized.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2009 — The San Francisco SPCA today voiced its opposition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s proposal to reduce the State’s $24 billion budget deficit by weakening the Hayden Bill and further imperiling the lives of thousands of homeless companion animals. The Governor’s recommendation would cut the Bill’s mandated holding period to three days, resulting in a one-tenth of one percent reduction, or $24 million, in the State’s massive deficit. The Hayden Bill, also known as the “Animal Adoption Mandate,” was passed in 1997. It requires shelters in California to hold abandoned animals for four to six days before euthanasia. The mandate protects animals’ lives by allowing time for guardians to claim their lost pets. In addition, it gives shelters and rescue groups a chance to transfer unclaimed animals to their facilities.
“This proposal would essentially eliminate all state dollars pledged to local governments to help combat the problem of pet overpopulation,” Jan McHugh-Smith, President of The San Francisco SPCA said today. “With more animals coming into California shelters due to the economic situation, animal shelters that depend on government funding need more help, not less.”
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