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.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Amends the long title.
Amends proposed GS 19A-32.1, concerning minimum holding periods for animals, providing that an animal must be held for a minimum of 72 hours, or longer pursuant to established local ordinances, prior to being euthanized or otherwise disposed of (previously, required a minimum holding period of 96 hours, but allowed a hold for 72 hours if the shelter posted at least one descriptive photograph of the animal on its website or specified website, with the photograph remaining published until the animal is euthanized or disposed of).
Amends GS 19A-64, concerning distributions to counties and cities from the Spay/Neuter Account, capping the reimbursement amount distributed from the Spay/Neuter account to cities and counties to 150% of the average reimbursement allowed for surgical procedures for dogs and cats by the Spay/Neuter Program during the prior calendar year. Adds language that provides that when the amount in the Spay/Neuter Fund falls short of total requests for reimbursement, funds available will be reimbursed to cities and counties in tier one, two, and three areas in regards to the proportion that the rate of spays and neuters per 1,000 persons in the city or county compares to the total rate of spays and neuters per 1,000 in the total tier area. Effective October 1, 2014.
Amends GS 19A-66 to require the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to notify cities and counties of what the maximum reimbursement amount will be for the upcoming calendar year. Effective January 1, 2014.
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