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Don't repeal the Hayden Law

Repeal would be step backwards in providing basic life-saving protections to animals in public and private animal pounds and shelters

"The Hayden Law facilitates very basic protections for animals, including setting a 6-day standard for holding animals so they can be reclaimed by owners or adopted, and providing necessary veterinary care to those animals who enter shelters sick or injured," said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

"Prior to the Hayden Law, California's animal shelter standards were ranked at the bottom nationally. Repealing this law would be a giant step backwards. Annually, thousands of animals could pay for this repeal with their lives," she said.

The Hayden Law currently requires animal shelters to operate under procedures designed to decrease shelter kill rates, including easing the adoption of at-risk animals by rescue groups, aiding in reuniting owners with lost pets, and expanding the holding period before a stray animal could be killed to increase chances of adoption or reclamation by owner. It also requires shelters to provide basic veterinary services to the animals in their care. Gov. Brown's proposal would end these essential requirements that save lives.

"Citizens want humane, common-sense solutions to end the killing in animal pounds and shelters. Instead of reversing the gains made under the Hayden Law, California should be looking to build on them with even more life-saving approaches to animal sheltering," said Robinson.

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