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          Date of Hearing:   February 18, 2010

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES
                                 Ted W. Lieu, Chair
                  ACR 118 (Smyth) - As Introduced:  February 8, 2010
          SUBJECT  :   Spay Day USA 2010.

           SUMMARY  :   Declares February 23, 2010, to be Spay Day USA 2010,  
          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.   
          Specifically,  this resolution  makes the following legislative  

          1)More than 800,000 dogs and cats entered animal shelters in  
            California during 2008, and an additional unknown number of  
            animals die each year due to abandonment, neglect, abuse,  
            starvation, or cruelty.

          2)The cost to California government and nonprofit agencies of  
            handling and euthanizing discarded animals is estimated to  
            approach one-quarter of one billion dollars per year; and it  
            is the policy of the State of California that animal shelters  
            should aggressively promote spay and neuter programs to reduce  
            pet overpopulation.

          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 2010," an annual campaign of the Humane  
            Society of the United States.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   None

          The Humane Society of the United States

          None on file.


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          Analysis Prepared by  :    Anna McCabe / RLS. / (916) 319-2800