House Committee Votes Down Bill to Require Transparency from Animal Shelters

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2018

Contact:     
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov 

House Committee Votes Down Bill to Require Transparency from Animal Shelters

SALT LAKE CITY - This morning the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee voted against H.B. 221 - “Animal Welfare Amendments” by a vote of  5 to 6.  The bill would require large public and private animal shelters to be more transparent by publishing detailed information about the dogs, cats, and other animals in their care.  Each month information such as descriptions of each live animal, how the animal was obtained, the disposition of each animal, and whether each animal was adopted, euthanized, reclaimed by an owner, or other explanations for what happens to animals in shelters would need to be made public.  

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Brian King said, “People want to know how our state’s animal shelters are progressing in reducing the number of animals that have to be euthanized each year. This would require all of our animal shelters across the state to be more transparent.  It would also help us to know how animals are being treated, how many are being adopted, and how many are being put down. Right now the public doesn’t have clear access to this information.”  


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