BILL NUMBER: AB 1810	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  MAY 5, 2014

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Maienschein

                        FEBRUARY 18, 2014

   An act to amend Sections 1834.5 and 1834.6 of the Civil Code,
relating to deposits.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1810, as amended, Maienschein. Deposits for keeping: abandoned
animals.
   Existing law requires a veterinarian, dog kennel, cat kennel,
pet-grooming parlor, animal hospital, or any other animal care
facility, as provided, to humanely destroy an abandoned animal, if
unable to place the animal with a new owner.
   This bill, instead, would authorize the euthanasia of the
abandoned animal under those circumstances.
    Existing law prohibits a person from using an abandoned animal
for experimentation and prohibits a person from turning over an
abandoned animal to a pound or animal regulation department of a
public agency.
   This bill, instead, would allow a person to turn an abandoned
animal over to a public animal control agency or shelter, society for
the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter,  or 
humane society shelter,  or nonprofit animal rescue group, 
provided that the shelter  or group  has been contacted and
has  not refused   agreed  to take the
animal.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 1834.5 of the Civil Code is amended to read:
   1834.5.  (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, whenever
an animal is delivered to a veterinarian, dog kennel, cat kennel,
pet-grooming parlor, animal hospital, or any other animal care
facility pursuant to a written or oral agreement entered into after
the effective date of this section, and the owner of the animal does
not pick up the animal within 14 calendar days after the day the
animal was due to be picked up, the animal shall be deemed to be
abandoned. The person into whose custody the animal was placed for
care shall first try for a period of not less than 10 days to find a
new owner for the animal, and, if unable to place the animal with a
new owner, may euthanize the animal so abandoned.
   (b) If an animal so abandoned was left with a veterinarian or with
a facility that has a veterinarian, and a new owner cannot be found
pursuant to this section, the veterinarian may euthanize the animal.
   (c) There shall be a notice posted in a conspicuous place, or in
conspicuous type in a written receipt given, to warn a person
depositing an animal at an animal care facility of the provisions of
this section.
  SEC. 2.  Section 1834.6 of the Civil Code is amended to read:
   1834.6.  An abandoned animal, as described in Section 1834.5,
shall not be used for scientific or any other type of
experimentation. An abandoned animal may be turned over to a public
animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of
cruelty to animals shelter,  or  humane society
shelter,  or nonprofit animal rescue group,  provided that
the shelter  or group  has been contacted and has 
not refused   agreed  to take the animal.