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                                                                  SB 1176
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          SB 1176 (Aanestad)
          As Amended June 21, 2010
          Majority vote 

           SENATE VOTE  :36-0  
           AGRICULTURE         8-0                                         
          |Ayes:|Galgiani, Tom Berryhill,  |     |                          |
          |     |Conway, Fuller, Hill, Ma, |     |                          |
          |     |Mendoza, Yamada           |     |                          |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
           SUMMARY  :  Updates responsible party titles and references for  
          cities and counties where estray laws or ordinances, or  
          regulations, are in force.  Permits any city or county, which  
          has established laws, ordinances, or regulations for non-bovine  
          estrays, to opt out of this chapter's requirements for those  
          estrays and follow their laws, ordinances or regulations.
           EXISTING LAW  : 

          1)Provides definitions of estrays as "any impounded or seized  
            bovine animal, horse, mule, sheep, swine, or burro whose owner  
            is unknown or cannot be located;" authorizes the taking-up of  
            estray animals; requires notice to the California Department  
            of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), upon the impound of a estray,  
            and that the Secretary of CDFA shall take possession of estray  
            bovine animals.  Describes the handling and disposal  
            requirements of estrays by the taker-up and authorized  
            inspectors, including holding requirements based upon an  
            animal's value.  (Food and Agricultural Code (FAC) Section  
            17001, et seq.)

          2)Provides requirements for handling, holding and disposal or  
            sale of dogs, cats and other animals, including rabbits,  
            guinea pigs, hamsters, potbellied pigs, birds, lizards,  
            snakes, turtles, or tortoises.  (FAC Section 30520 through  
            Section 31766.)

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  None


                                                                  SB 1176
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           COMMENTS  :   Due to hard economic times, some animal owners can  
          no longer afford to feed or paddock their animals, so they turn  
          animals loose in rural areas or into other property owners'  
          pastures.  Since 1998, horses can no longer be slaughtered in  
          California and they cannot knowingly be sold for out-of-state  
          slaughter, eliminating that option for disposal.  With limited  
          alternatives for disposal of horses and limited funding to  
          provide them proper care, they may be turned loose and become a  
          city's or county's problem.

          According to the Sponsors, California Agricultural Commissioners  
          & Sealers Association, this bill is intended to clarify existing  
          state law and local city or county procedures for handling  
          estray (or stray) animals, other than bovine (cattle) animals.   
          Further, SB 1176 updates antiquated terms and references in  
          state statute to eliminate questions regarding the applicability  
          and use of local ordinances and rules in dealing with non-bovine  
          estrays.  The sponsors do not intend these changes to impact any  
          state requirements or statutes regarding bovine animals.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Jim Collin / AGRI. / (916) 319-2084 FN: