Animal Rescue Organizations (Watch)

Animal Rescue Organizations (Watch)

SB 132 (Steube) and HB 153 (Porter) require the sterilization of all dogs and cats sold or released from animal rescue organizations and animal control agencies. The bills clarify that sterilization costs must be paid for by the prospective adopter. The bills also prohibit the importation of animals into the state by animal control agencies, except when animals are imported during an emergency or natural disaster. The bills create certain public records requirements and extend an existing monthly reporting requirement to animal rescue organizations. Finally, the bills create criminal penalties for any entities or individuals convicted of importing animals into the state under certain circumstances. (Cook)