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Animal Advocates Fight Proposal in Governor's Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Christi Metropole with the Stray Cat Alliance delivered thousands of signatures to the Governor's office protesting his proposed repeal of some provisions of the Hayden Law.  That 1998 measure required shelters to hold pets in their care longer.  Metropole says the law is already suspended and it should stay that way until the economy improves. 

"We're very proud of how well we treat our animals and we want to keep it that way. And we understand that the state can't fund it  now and we totally respect that."

H.D. Palmer with the State Department of Finance says the proposal is not to repeal the entire measure. He says local governments could opt to keep the animals longer-but they would have to pay for it.
"We are proposing to do is to repeal those portions that have been found to be what are called reimbursable costs."
Palmer says the proposal is part of an overall plan to save more than 700-million dollars by eliminating similar
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