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Archive for August 23rd, 2011

Saving our pets

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

If a new measure is passed by the legislature in New Jersey is signed my Gov. Christie, shelters could now forgo the current seven day waiting period and euthanize animals for reasons of  age, health or even behavior at any time.  Euthanizing an animal so soon based on age and behavior is very subjective. It is cruel for the defenseless animal.  This is very disturbing because sometimes if a pet is lost, the owner will not always contact a shelter right away.  Their pet could be destroyed for no reason!  Another unfair and senseless law in the state of New Jersey!  Their argument is to provide a humane way of allowing shelters deal with overpopulation.  The Governor must sign the bill by Thursday or offer a conditional veto which would give legislators a chance to take another look at this unfair law. The elimination of the seven day period is a serious flaw in this new law and must be changed.

We should be looking to limit the euthanizing of innocent animals not increase it!

Make sure you pet has a collar where the animal’s name, your address and telephone number  is prominently displayed.  It’s a good idea to have a micro-chip placed in your pet. If your pet shows up at a shelter, he will be scanned. Your name and contact information will be displayed and you will be contacted right away. It’s a simple procedure which your vet could perform.

Remember, your pets count!