Local Utah animal shelters unite at Capitol to meet with legislators

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Local Utah animal shelters unite at Capitol to meet with legislators

WHAT:   The Humane Society of Utah and multiple local Utah animal shelters gather in solidarity to meet with legislators and support SB 142 – Animal Welfare Amendments sponsored by Sen. Gene Davis (D) to define shelter for domestic dogs left unattended outside in extreme weather. Shelter staff, officers and animals will gather from 9-10 a.m. on the South Steps before a private lunch with legislators.

WHEN:  Wednesday, Mar. 6

9 to 10 a.m. on the Capitol South Steps - public photo and interview opportunity

12 to 1 p.m. in the Hall of Governors - private legislator luncheon

WHO:    Davis County Animal Care and Control

Draper City Animal Shelter

Heber Valley Animal Shelter

Humane Society of Utah

Salt Lake County Animal Services

Sandy City Animal Services

South Jordan Animal Control

West Valley City Animal Services, and more!

WHERE:   Utah State Capitol
350 North State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

WHY:   Local Utah animal shelters support SB 142 for consistency and clarity. The current law is vague, and owners could face criminal charges depending on the interpretation of individual officers or prosecutors. A clearly defined law is necessary to help owners understand what they are required to provide for the humane treatment of their dogs and to eliminate confusion among officers and the court so the law can be applied consistently. SB 142 would amend the language to define what is considered adequate shelter and provide a better tool for animal control officers to educate pet owners.

Media Contact: Deann Shepherd: cell 801-747-9136, deann@utahhumane.org