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Placer SPCA opposes repeal of animal adoption mandate

Repeal would reduce holding time to three days, save state $23 million
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Placer SPCA announced its opposition Monday to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed repeal of an animal adoption mandate. Pet advocates say the mandate, created by the 1998 enactment of Hayden’s Law, provides enhanced care for animals in California’s shelters. Brown is proposing the repeal as a way to save the state $23 million. Placer SPCA CEO Leilani Fratis said her Roseville-based organization has taken the same position as the California Animal Control Directors Association and State Humane Association of California in opposing the repeal. Repealing the mandate would reduce the amount of time animal shelters are required to hold stray or abandoned animals to three days and remove a requirement that they provide necessary and prompt veterinary care, according to a news release. The mandate currently requires a hold of four to six days. In return, the state reimburses the increased costs incurred by shelters in fulfilling those duties. “Reducing the required holding period for stray and abandoned animals to 72 hours and carving away at the requirement that sick and injured animals receive life-saving veterinary care will result in more euthanasia and increased suffering of stray and abandoned animals,” said Erica Gaudet Hughes, executive director of the State Humane Association of California. Her organization urges Brown to suspend — not repeal — the mandate, if the state is unable to fund it this year. If the mandate is repealed, local government would have the option of requiring an animal shelter to operate at the minimum level required by law. ~ Sena Christian