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Calif. Budget Could Force Shelters to Euthanize Sooner

Above: Two dogs greet visitors at the North Central Animal Shelter in Los Angeles, California on April 21, 2009.

— California animal shelters would be required to euthanize animals sooner under cuts proposed in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's revised budget. Shelters now care for the animals for six days before they're "put down."

But the governor's new budget would reduce that to three days. Jennifer Fearing is with the U.S. Humane Society. She says the savings would be nearly $25 million a year. Fearing says that's small compared to the state's $24 billion deficit.

"It comes at a time when we realize there are very important decisions being made at the capitol, but this is the only money in the entire state budget that goes toward the commitment that the state has made repeatedly to remedy the minimum of animals that are killed in animal shelters," she says.

Fearing wants lawmakers to provide animal shelters with funds to step-up their promotions of animal adoptions.

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