A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO RECODIFY AND AMEND THE EXISTING LAW ENACTED TO ASSIST OWNERS IN RECOVERING LOST PETS, RELIEVE OVERCROWDING AT ANIMAL SHELTERS, FACILITATE ADOPTIONS FROM ANIMAL SHELTERS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR IMPROVED ENFORCEMENT OF THAT LAW BY MAKING IT PART OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT; AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP ON THE REIMBURSEMENT AMOUNT AVAILABLE FROM THE SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM; AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS CONFINED IN MOTOR VEHICLES UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THREATEN THE ANIMALS' HEALTH.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 19A-32.1(a) to provide that all animals received by an animal shelter are to be held for a minimum of 96 (was, 72) hours. Allows a shelter to hold an animal for a minimum holding period of 72 hours if the shelter posts at least one photo of the animal's head and face on the shelter's website or on any other website designed to facilitate the adoption of animals and the photo remains on the site until the animal is disposed of. Allows holding an animal for any longer minimum period established by a board of county commissioners before being euthanized or disposed of. Removes references to selling an animal. Adds that if a dog owner surrenders the dog to a shelter, the owner must state in writing whether the dog has bitten anyone in the 10 days preceding the surrender date.
Amends GS 130A-192 to require (was, permit) an animal control officer with access at no or reasonable cost to a microchip scanner to scan the animal and use the microchip information to locate the owner.
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