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Chief Sponsor: Jennifer M. Seelig

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Jackie BiskupskiSusan Duckworth
James R. GowansNeil A. Hansen              8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill amends provisions of the Utah Code relating to an animal shelter providing an
             12      animal to be used for research or educational purposes.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    gives the governing body of a county or municipality the discretion to determine
             16      whether to make an impounded animal available to be used for research or
             17      educational purposes;
             18          .    prohibits the provision of an animal for research or educational purposes unless:
             19              .    the animal has been legally impounded for at least five days or a longer period
             20      as provided by local ordinance;
             21              .    the animal has not been claimed or redeemed; and
             22              .    the animal shelter has made a reasonable effort to find the rightful owner of the
             23      animal and to make it available to others; and
             24          .    makes technical changes.
             25      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             30      AMENDS:
             31          26-26-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1989, Chapter 80
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 26-26-3 is amended to read:
             35           26-26-3. Minimum period of impoundment -- Efforts required to contact owner
             36      and to make animal available -- Prerogative of person voluntarily providing animal.
             37          [The] (1) Subject to Subsection (2), the governing body of the county or municipality
             38      in which an establishment is located [shall] may make available to an authorized institution as
             39      many impounded animals in that establishment as the institution may request[; provided,
             40      however, that such animals shall have].
             41          (2) A governing body described in Subsection (1) may not make an impounded animal
             42      available to an institution, unless:
             43          (a) the animal has been legally impounded for the longer of:
             44          (i) at least five days [or for such other minimum period as may be specified by
             45      municipal ordinance, and remain unclaimed and unredeemed by their owners or by]; or
             46          (ii) the minimum period provided for by local ordinance;
             47          (b) the animal has not been claimed or redeemed by:
             48          (i) the animal's owner; or
             49          (ii) any other person entitled to [do so. The establishment shall first make] claim or
             50      redeem the animal; and
             51          (c) the establishment has made a reasonable effort to:
             52          (i) find the rightful owner of [such] the animal, including checking if the animal has a
             53      tag or microchip; and
             54          (ii) if the owner is not found, [shall make a reasonable effort to] make the animal
             55      available to others during the impound period. Owners of animals who voluntarily provide
             56      their animals to an establishment may, by signature, determine whether or not the animal may
             57      be provided to an institution or used for research or educational purposes.


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