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Assemblyman attacks Brown on budget cuts

Posted: March 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, on Tuesday opposed Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to gut a law giving lost animals more shelter time before they’re humanely killed.

“I oppose the repealing of this law,” Smyth said in a phone interview following a rally and legislative hearing on the issue.

A state legislative committee reviewing a law-gutting plan voted not to have it repealed.

“The Hayden Law provides a greater period of time for animals housed in shelters,” Smyth said.

The 1998 law was suspended in 2009 in an effort by the state to save money.

“Repealing the law doesn’t save the state one dime in cost,” Smyth said. “Hayden’s Law should be reinstated.”

Under Brown’s cost-cutting proposals, parts of the law would be repealed in an effort to save an estimated $23 million.

Hayden’s Law allows pet owners at least six days to claim their lost animals from shelters before the animals are humanely killed.

If the law was repealed, animal shelters would be allowed to euthanized lost pets after just 72 hours.

Before the hearing, Smyth joined representatives of animal rights groups to protest the governor’s plan.


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