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Fur flies over proposed change to animal shelter law

Original post made on Feb 8, 2012

Valley Humane Society would be negatively impacted if Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to repeal the 1998 Hayden Law goes through. It mandates that public shelters must hold animals for four to six days before euthanizing.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 1:07 PM

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Danville
on Feb 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

PLEASE write a letter to stop the repeal of Hayden's Law. Animals deserve a chance to live.

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Posted by Animal Lover
a resident of Danville
on Feb 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

Could someone please post the addresses of each individual where the letter should be sent for anyone living in the Danville community?

Thank you.

Sadek said people who want to save the Hayden Law should write to the governor and their state senator and assembly member.

"The letter can be one sentence," she said. "Just let them know it is unacceptable."

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Posted by San Ramon Oberver
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

San Ramon Oberver is a registered user.

Animal Lovers,

The best way to cut the expense of housing and euthanizing stray pets is to order a Pet Lovers License plate Web Link and show you care. This program will pay for free or low cost spay and neuter programs to reduce the number of unplanned and unwanted litters of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pet animals. This would reduce pet overpopulation and make it easier for older animals to be adopted.

CA Spay Plates needs another 3850 preorders by the end of this June, or they will not be accepted by the DMV and tens of thousands of innocent animals will continue to be killed in shelters. Please order one or two or one for every member of your family NOW.


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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

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Here is a link to a letter generator, in Danvillains' case to the Guvnah, Senator DeSaulnier and Rep Buchanan.

Web Link

Just put your zip code in the upper right corner box. And thanks for taking action!

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Posted by CathyK
a resident of Blackhawk
on Feb 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Everyone....please put tags on your dog with name and phone number. Also, please have your dog microchipped with a tag on its collar.

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Posted by Patty
a resident of Danville
on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

I just received this email from Alley Cat Allies. If you go on their website you'll see a printed letter/email that you can sent Gov Brown. Check it out !! Send it in! I volunteer for ARF and that 72hrs wouldn't give rescue places enough time!

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Posted by Janet
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

There is actually a petition that you can sign ONLINE!!

Simply go to:


there is a website where you can also read more and sign another petition:
Web Link


CALL Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 (9 am to 5 pm)

FAX your letter of opposition to (916) 558-3177

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Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on Feb 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Yes, cuts hurt, but they must be made in order for California to get back on the right track. Balancing the budget takes everyone and everything taking a hit in order for this runaway train to stop! If owners are made aware of the new change, they they obviously shouldn't wait to hope an animal comes back on its own. Would you wait for a child to come back on thier own? I think not, so why the difference for your so beloved pet? In my neighborhood there are quite a few irresponsible pet owners so why should my tax dollars go to help them. Something is very wrong with that.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Feb 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

Douglas: I disagree with you for at least three reasons -- probably more, but I've got work to do.

First: as to irresponsible owners, life is just not so simple and pat as you describe. Even the most careful folks have lapses (that's why we all have insurance), which, at just the wrong time, can be tragic. I've worked at shelters, we'd get panicked influxes after the 4th of July, after any windstorm, etc. -- life happens, and animals can travel great distances under their own steam, or after being picked-up by a Good Sam. Those extra days are really important in raising the probability of redemption to the keeper.

Second: when we rush to Judgment (Day), the animal pays with its very Life. I believe your approach devalues that life, which I believe is intrinsically valuable -- a companion animal is not just a possession, but a sentient being worth saving for its own worth as one of Earth's creatures. Animals adopted into other homes bring to it -- and experience -- the great joy of living. That alone is worth the cost of my tax dollars -- are your that much more precious to you?

And third -- the claimed $23M "savings" Is.Completely.Illusory. Those state give-backs to the local shelters were suspended in 2009 and are Not being paid, anyway! What the Guvnah is proposing would have no real economic impact -- the cut was effectively made three years ago! ALL it does is fray this little portion of the only safety net pets get. Where (oh where...) is the taxpayer value in THAT? How does it "help get California back on the right track??"

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