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                                 THIRD READING

          Bill No:  ACR 19
          Author:   Smyth (R), et al
          Amended:  3/2/09 in Assembly
          Vote:     21


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  Read and adopted, 3/2/09 

           SUBJECT  :    Spay Day USA 2009

           SOURCE  :     Humane Society of the United States

           DIGEST  :    This resolution declares February 24, 2009, as  
          Spay Day USA 2009, and requests that Californians observe  
          that day by having their dogs or cats spayed or neutered  
          and by contributing to organizations that provide spay and  
          neuter services.

           ANALYSIS  :    This resolution makes the following  
          legislative findings: 

          1. More than 500,000 dogs and cats entered animal shelters  
             in California during 2007, and an additional unknown  
             number of animals die each year due to abandonment,  
             neglect, abuse, starvation, or cruelty.

          2. The cost to government and nonprofit agencies of  
             handling and euthanizing discarded animals approaches  
             $250 million per year, and it is the policy of the State  


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             of California that animal shelters should aggressively  
             promote spay and neuter programs to reduce pet  

          3. Veterinarians, humane societies, animal control  
             agencies, and national and local animal welfare  
             organizations will join together to advocate the spaying  
             or neutering of dogs and cats on "Spay Day USA 2009," an  
             annual campaign of the Humane Society of the United  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Fiscal Com.:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  3/25/09)

          Humane Society of the United States (source)
          Veterinary Medical Association

          JJA:mw  3/25/09   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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