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California Department of Public Health Reports Large Increase in Pet Euthanasia
Date:7/8/2009

LOS ANGELES, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), a California-based nonprofit organization focused on reducing pet overpopulation through legislation, today reported that the total number of euthanasia of cats and dogs entering California municipal shelters increased 14.6 percent statewide - from 378,445 to 433,512 -between 2004 to 2008 based on recently released figures from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In addition, the total yearly number of dogs and cats entering California shelters also increased 14.6 percent statewide from 729,238 to 835,642. These figures do not take into account animals in private shelters throughout the state.

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"The vast majority of the dogs and cats being euthanized are healthy, adoptable, loving companions," said Judie Mancuso, SCIL founder and president. "More and more animals are ending up in California shelters and it's a moral and fiscal crisis. This increase in animals entering shelters and the subsequent tragic increase in euthanasia is a result of people abandoning their pets because of financial problems, accidental litters from unaltered pets, over-breeding of dogs and cats and stray unaltered dogs and cats reproducing."

SCIL sponsored legislation currently making its way through the California State Legislature aims to address the problem of overpopulation and subsequent euthanasia in shelters. SB 250, the Pet Responsibility Act (www.yesonsb250.com), authored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez requires that dogs be spayed or neutered unless their owner/guardian obtains an unaltered dog license when they license their animal.

SOURCE Social Compassion in Legislation
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