The bill specifies the standard of care that each animal shelter and pet animal rescue is required to provide each dog and cat held in its custody.
The bill also requires each animal shelter and pet animal rescue to adopt out each dog and cat in its custody, return the animal to its owner, or transfer it to another animal shelter or pet animal rescue if the dog or cat:
- Exhibits no signs of illness or injury or exhibits signs of illness or injury for which there is a realistic prognosis for a good quality of life;
- Demonstrates a willingness to interact socially with humans; and
- Has not exhibited behavior that is likely to result in bodily injury or death to another animal or human being.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)