Funding Fast Forwards Pet's Fate

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 AM PDT
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Funding Fast Forwards Pet's Fate

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If your dog gets captured by animal control, the clock will be ticking even faster thanks to the budget compromise.

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The notion that your beloved pet could escape the yard and be put to death before you even have time to post flyers is a real possibility because of California's budget crisis, according to a published report.

The recent budget compromise between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders to reduce a $26 billion deficit included a provision that reduces the mandatory holding period for stray animals from six days to three days, SF Gate reports.

A law passed in 1997 requires the hold before euthanizing strays to allow owners the chance to track down their pets as well as helping shelters find suitable care for strays via rescue groups or no-kill shelters. Narrowing that hold by even a few days, could cost an animal's life animal advocates argue.

Most San Diego County animal shelters do not kill strays unless they are considered "unadoptable" meaning they have health or behavioral problems. Here's a listing of "no-kill shelters" provided by Save Our Strays.

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