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The terminator lives up to his name

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed repealing a law designed to postpone euthanasia in animal shelters.

The governor — facing a $24.3 billion deficit — says he will ask the state legislature to repeal a 1998 law called the “Hayden Bill,” which requires shelters to keep animals alive four to six days before putting them to sleep. The state government reimburses local governments for the cost of housing animals for the extended holding period.

Schwarzenegger’s recommendation would allow shelters to euthanize animals after three days, according to the San Diego News Network.

The change in policy would save the state about $24 million in feeding, caring for and housing the animals, according to the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Animal-rights organizations have asked the governor to temporarily suspend the bill instead, and are trying to work out an adoption-incentive funding plan that would assist shelters.

The Humane Society of the United States, the American SPCA, the State Humane Association of California and California Animal Control Directors Association have all filed notice of opposition to the governor’s plan.

In 2007-2008, the county’s shelters took in 26,078 animals, about11,600 were adopted out, or sent to a rescue group, and 4,800 of which were reunited with owners. About 7,500 had to be euthanized, which is a decrease from the 9,218 euthanized in 2003-2004.

“Dogs and cats are as American as apple pie and baseball; you can’t mess with someone’s family – their kids, or their pets,” said Darlene White, the executive director of the San Diego Animal Support Foundation. “These pets – our pets – deserve the extra days for us to try to find them.”

The governor’s proposal will force shelters to euthanize animals before owners can claim them, or before privately-funded shelters or rescue groups can save them, White said.


Comment from vet
Time June 26, 2009 at 10:43 am

We need to Demand an Investigation and Reconcile All OVerbilling charges, bogus fees and NON-performed services humane society/animal shelters charges taxpayers money..
$ 4.3 million in Overbilling ,bogus fees and Nonperformed services was overbilled scam in city of san mateo. Imagine how much taxpaeyrs money they are scamming from every city, nationwide?

Each dogs,cats,gamefowls etc that they EUTHANIZED, they bill our city/county/state in Euthanizing fees, vet fees, diposing fess, meddication, board & lodging fees, Non-performed bogus fees and MASSIVE bogus fees on non-performed services..
Biggest TAX scam, imagine the medical/medecaid tax fraud? it’s the same but worst..

It’s time to reconcile all overbilling scam for last 10-20 yrs…it’s massive tax fraud!

They need to be prosecuted and cannot be above the law…

Comment from Bill
Time June 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm

No one would seriously expect the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) to actually fund any of the things they protest, would they? Frauds and fakes!

Comment from RJ
Time June 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

all 50 states should make the HSUS and PETA a taxable corporation. HSUS supplies only money to Politicians and no monies to states animal shelters. HSUS also charges States to inspect shelters for a serious fee structure. States and their local governments should be the only ones to have shelters and individuals should be removed from the tax fraud they commit by requesting exempt status on being an animal shelter for even one dog. Time the states wake up to the people who claim to have the animals best interest in mind and then use “kill kits” to put animals asleep. States should also make “ALL” shelters “NO KILL SHELTERS”, if they did this 90% of the folks who claim to be for the animal would get out of this tax fraud they commit and get away with.

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