Animal Advocates Fight Plan To Shorten Euthanasia Time

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — He’s the first dog of California, but now Sutter Brown, the cute Corgi, is the symbol of a campaign to keep the governor from allowing animal shelters to euthanize animals after three days instead of the current mandated minimum six days.

“You can’t accomplish anything at three days,” said David Ludlow at the Sacramento city shelter. “People don’t come in here every three days.”

More than 300 people who have joined the Facebook page “Sutter’s Friends” are against Gov. Brown’s proposal to repeal what’s known as the Hayden law.

“Sometimes it’s not just all about the money,” dog trainer Matthew Margolis said.

Margolis is speaking out against the repeal, which the Department of Finance says will save the state $46.3 million next year.

“I can’t see him saying to his little dog, ‘listen you have three more days left. I don’t thinks he’d do it, and I don’t think his wife would let him to do it.”

Rick Johnson, the CEO of the Sacramento SPCA, is against the repeal too, but says those three extra days are expensive.

“By the time the animal is adopted or reclaimed but its owner, it’s going to cose upwards of $100, $150 per animal,” he said.

According to the state legislative analyst’s office, the extra three days do not result in more dogs getting adopted. Still, CBS13 had a hard time finding anyone who thought repealing the law was a good idea.

“Six days is much better,” Diana Ruth of Elk Grove said. “It gives people time to find their animals.

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  1. matt says:

    Wouldn’t the owner who reclaims the dog have to reimburse the agency that has possesion of the dog? I don’t see how 3 days would cost $150…that’s a lot of food. I think the 43.5 million in savings is inflated.

    1. Shelter Employee says:

      The cost a day doesn’t just involve what is feed to the dogs/cats but also the employees involved in caring for the animals. So everyday is very costly. Sometimes reclaiming animals is very costly and can cost owners hundreds of dollars and some don’t have the money to get them back either. I agree 3 days is too short but shelters are very overcrowded as is. Owners are not being responsible and it shouldn’t take them that long to start looking for their pets in the first place is they cared. Also if they were smart they’d get license tags and microchip their pets so they can be found faster.

      1. LAURA CURTIS says:

        YOU ARE AN IDIOT AND SHOULD’T BE WORKING AT A SHELTER. I VOLUNTEER AT A SHELTER TWICE A WEEK AND IT IS EMPLOYEES LIKE YOU, WHO DO THE BARE MINIMUM AND ARE *NOT* THERE FOR THE ANIMALS, WHO HOLD THE ANIMALS BACK. THEY ARE OVERCROWDED? THEN THEY NEED TO PUT THE NEEDLE DOWN AND START BUILDING MORE SHELTERS. THEY CAN BUILD MORE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, HOUSING, BUSINESSES, BUT NO SHELTERS? QUIT YOUR JOB AND GO GET ONE THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE SAVING LIVES BECAUSE YOU AREN’T SAVING ANY!

      2. Michael Laprise says:

        your right LAURA CURTIS they are an idiot we goit murderers in jail costing the tax payers 60.000 a year per person i would rather have that money paying for shelters than paying for these low lifes that need that gas chamber.

      3. Andrea says:

        Michael Laprise, that sounds good, also what about that stupid 100 billion dollar bullet train project, If Governor Jerry Brown would kill that project then maybe we would not have to save money elsewhere, it just does not make sense, He says we need to save money and yet he wants to spend billions of dollars on a stupid bullet train that we do not need. And if People would just spay and neuter their animals then the amount of animals going into shelters would go down.

  2. jack says:

    It`s time to start killing murders in six days instead of keeping them in jail for life!!!!!! Animals don`t deserve to die murders, rapist and sex offenders do !!!!!!!!

  3. Wlliam J Castillo says:

    We need to kill criminals

    1. Michael Laprise says:

      i agree 1000% with you.

  4. Deanne says:

    I totally agree with Jack and William!

  5. Kevan Boston says:

    There are several provisions included, the increase of California’s holding period from 72 hours to four days; the requirement that other species such as rabbits and guinea pigs be given the same protections as cats and dogs; the posting of lost and found lists so that more animals get home to their families; and the mandate to provide prompt and necessary veterinary care for sick and injured animals.An adopted or reclaimed animal brings in money and it costs to kill and dispose of the animals. It is not logical to think that extra days would not result in more adoptions or rescues. I watch it happen every day. It takes time to find a place for an animal to go and without the extra time a lot more will be killed.Read more here http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=8143

  6. JMHO says:

    It’s sad, but I don’t know what other options are available if the money just isn’t there to keep and care for animals longer.

    KOVR: Please proof your articles!

    “By the time the animal is adopted or reclaimed BUT its owner, it’s going to COSE upwards of $100, $150 per animal,” he said.

  7. LAURA CURTIS says:

    AS SUPERIOR BEINGS ON THIS PLANET IT IS OUR DUTY TO PROTECT THE COMPANION ANIMALS AROUND US. NOT KILLING THEM. THE AKC NEEDS TO BE GONE WITH! BREEDERS AND THE NEWSPAPER CLASSIFIEDS ARE THE REASON THE SHELTERS ARE OVERPOPULATED. BUT, INSTEAD OF DOING AWAY WITH WHERE THE ISSUES ARE, THEY WANT TO MURDER AND BURN INNOCENT ANIMALS. THE ADOPTION RATE AT MANY SHELTERS ARE LESS THAN 10%, AND EUTHANASIA RATE IS WELL OVER 50%!!! IF DELAWARE CAN BECOME THE FIRST NO KILL STATE, WE ARE YEARS BEHIND THEM! THIS IS CALIFORNIA PEOPLE!

    1. Andrea says:

      Laura Curtis, I agree with you and I too volunteer at an animal shelter twice a week and I even help with adoption events, but I do want to say this, the AKC does not need to be gone, Its the backyard breeders that need to be gone. If I where actually wanting to buy a puppy I would want to buy it from an AKC registered breeder, not some guy that I met on the street or from a newspaper classified, the AKC makes breeders register their dogs and their litters, so they have papers unlike backyard breeders who just breed their dogs with any other dog just to get some money. Of course I would never buy a dog I would always adopt but I just wanted to state my opinion. Keep doing what your doing Laura, volunteering with the dogs can help save their lives, that human contact they get helps them stay sane longer when in the kennels.

  8. Patricia Betty says:

    Since when did saving money equate to a life. god help any nonhuman who falls into the hands of a money saving beurocrat. Shame on you. More should be done to find homes for lost animals Havent they suffered enough?

  9. Fencepost says:

    SHelter Employee makes a great point…we can’t pull money out of no where
    to fund animals….when the economy is in the state it is unfortunately cuts have to be made and I for one would rather a child get fed

    1. Andrea says:

      Well if the state needs to make cuts then why doesn’t the Governor Kill that 100 Billion Dollar Bullet Train Project that we do not need. Then maybe the state wouldn’t have to make as many cuts.

  10. Valerie Kinion says:

    @Fencepost, in case you missed it they are talking about ending meals for lower income families. Cutting childcare and elderly care. Unfortunately in times when money is tight it’s the low and middle income people who get hit the hardest by the cuts. Cause goodness knows the politicians wouldn’t work for less.

  11. Gary Lake says:

    There are so many irresponsible pet owners out there that are contributing to this problem and a lot of them should not have animals let alone children. That is why it is extremely important to spay & neuter your pets so we may some day see fewer animals at the pounds and shelters.

  12. thehomelessdog says:

    Before Mr. Brown or any elected officials take a pay cut, if killing innocent animals three days sooner doesn’t save enough money, why not start voluntary euthanasia of all the miserable old people no body wants at the old people’s shelters,…I mean, Rest Homes. They shouldn’t be hard to find given that amount of money the State pays to keep someone there makes life hardly worth living. How much money would that save, Mr. Brown? And since you also plan to make retirement age 72 to save money, what about those who will be physically unable to continue working on loading docks, in ware houses and other heavy labor jobs? Since they won’t be eligible for their full retirement before age 72, they are going to end up on disability SSI. We could save a lot of money just euthanizing all the unproductive citizens in California and of course, you should be the person to decide what constitutes unproductive. You are a god after all. Have you tried to figure out yet how much money it would save if you raise the gestational age of abortion to include unwanted babies under the age of 2? Child services could save a lot of money and MediCal wouldn’t have to cover those children for medical care. I’m sure if you keep cutting programs that make the poor suffer, there won’t be any poor left or better yet, all the decent hard working people of California who are tired of paying higher taxes will finally break down and give you more money. That’s what you really want isn’t it? You figure that if you make cuts in the places that hurt people the most we’ll give in and let you take as much money from our pay checks as you want. Just make sure your microphone is off before you comment to a colleague on the side, “Let them eat cake.”

  13. James says:

    Make an example of Brown and have him gassed instead.
    He is nothing more than a corrupt union puppet. Follow the money of his campaign donors and you will see it is more than 3/4’s union fat cats that put him in office.
    We can Balance the budget immediately by eliminating the PORK that STILL bloats California and start executing criminals.

  14. Winnie Ramone says:

    Euthanize the City Council of Bell if you want to save 25 million!!!

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