Sometimes, animals which arrive at kill shelters have been abused and may be injured. Sometimes they bark or jump too much, so may be considered aggressive. And sometimes they are brought to the shelter after living a long life with a family, but for whatever reason, the family can no longer keep the senior dog or cat. A bill currently awaiting NJ Governor Chris Christie’s signature would allow the immediate euthanization of any animals which are surrendered by owner, as well as those brought to the shelter without tags that are injured, appear as aggressive, are too young - or too old.
Is this right? Should a dog be immediately put down because he is injured due to neglect by his former owner, or a cat because she is 10 years old?
And what about pets that have broken free from their yard – shouldn’t there be a hold time so that owners can get them back?
Whether a shelter animal has a sore paw or is a senior, that is no reason for them to be immediately put down.
Please let Governor Christie know that these animals should be given a chance to get adopted or rescued so they can live a full and happy life.
The Bill nos. are S2923 and A4096. See changes to Bill A4096 as discussed above under Section 16 of P.L.1941: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A4500/4096_I1.PDF
For more information: NJ.com http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/bill_to_accelerate_euthanizati.html
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