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
Photo courtesy of Andrew Miller/For The Times
This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.
- The Governor of NJ
- Governor of New Jersey
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you do NOT sign into law a bill which would allow shelter animals to immediately be euthanized if they are injured, are considered aggressive without first having had an evaluation, or simply because of their age. Instead, exercise a conditional veto to strike the language which would remove the 7 day hold on animals due to health, age and behavior.
We ask that time be allowed to give these animals a chance to be adopted out or rescued.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
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