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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill creates an Animal Welfare chapter in Title 11, Cities, Counties, and Local
11 Taxing Units, and provides minimum requirements for any county or municipality to
12 set up a community cat management program.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . defines terms;
16 . sets minimum requirements for community cat management programs;
17 . allows for the registration of community cat colonies by a sponsor;
18 . requires the sponsor of a cat colony to actively trap cats in the colony for the
19 purpose of sterilizing, vaccinating, and ear-tipping before returning the cat to its
20 original location;
21 . requires the sponsor of a cat colony to maintain records on each cat;
22 . allows a county or municipality to charge a minimum fee to register a cat colony;
24 . exempts a cat from the three-day mandatory hold requirement if the cat is eligible to
25 participate in the community cat management program.
26 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
28 Other Special Clauses:
30 Utah Code Sections Affected:
32 77-24-1.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 126
34 11-46-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
35 11-46-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 11-46-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
37 11-46-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
38 11-46-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
39 11-46-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
40 11-46-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
41 RENUMBERS AND AMENDS:
42 11-46-202, (Renumbered from 17-42-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003,
43 Chapter 292)
44 11-46-203, (Renumbered from 17-42-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000,
45 Chapter 217)
46 11-46-204, (Renumbered from 17-42-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000,
47 Chapter 217)
48 11-46-205, (Renumbered from 17-42-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000,
49 Chapter 217)
50 11-46-206, (Renumbered from 17-42-105.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter
52 11-46-207, (Renumbered from 17-42-106, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter
54 11-46-208, (Renumbered from 17-42-107, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter
57 10-8-64, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 282
58 10-17-101, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 156
59 10-17-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 292
60 10-17-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 217
61 10-17-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 217
62 10-17-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 217
63 10-17-105.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 217
64 10-17-106, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 156
65 10-17-107, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 156
66 17-42-101, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 156
68 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
69 Section 1. Section 11-46-101 is enacted to read:
72 11-46-101. Title.
73 This chapter is known as the "Animal Welfare Act."
74 Section 2. Section 11-46-102 is enacted to read:
75 11-46-102. Definitions.
76 As used in this chapter:
77 (1) "Animal" means a cat or dog.
78 (2) "Animal control officer" means any person employed or appointed by a county or a
79 municipality who is authorized to investigate violations of laws and ordinances concerning
80 animals, to issue citations in accordance with Utah law, and take custody of animals as
81 appropriate in the enforcement of the laws and ordinances.
82 (3) "Animal shelter" means a facility or program:
83 (a) providing services for stray, lost, or unwanted animals, including holding and
84 placing the animals for adoption, but does not include an institution conducting research on
85 animals, as defined in Section 26-26-1 ; and
86 (b) operated by:
87 (i) a first or second class county as defined in Section 17-50-501 ;
88 (ii) a city of the first, second, or third class;
89 (iii) a first or second class county operating jointly with any municipality; or
90 (iv) a private humane society or private animal welfare organization located within a
91 first or second class county or within a city of the first, second, or third class.
92 (4) "Person" means an individual, an entity, or a representative of an entity.
93 Section 3. Section 11-46-103 is enacted to read:
94 11-46-103. Stray animals.
95 (1) Each municipal or county animal control officer shall hold any unidentified or
96 unclaimed stray animal in safe and humane custody for a minimum of three business days after
97 the time of impound and prior to making any final disposition of the animal.
98 (2) A record of each animal held shall be maintained. The record shall include:
99 (a) date of impound;
100 (b) date of disposition; and
101 (c) method of disposition, which may be:
102 (i) placement in an adoptive home or other transfer of the animal, which shall be in
103 compliance with Part 2, Animal Shelter Pet Sterilization Act;
104 (ii) return to its owner;
105 (iii) placement in a community cat program; or
106 (iv) euthanasia.
107 (3) Any cats eligible for a Community Cat Management Program under Part 3,
108 Community Cat Management Act, are exempt from the three-day requirement in Subsection
110 (4) An unidentified or unclaimed stray animal may be euthanized prior to the
111 completion of the three working day minimum holding period to prevent unnecessary suffering
112 due to serious injury or disease, if the euthanasia is in compliance with written agency or
113 department policies and procedures, and with any local ordinances allowing the euthanasia.
114 (5) An unidentified or unclaimed stray animal shall be returned to its owner upon:
115 (a) proof of ownership;
116 (b) compliance with requirements of local animal control ordinances; and
117 (c) compliance with Part 2, Animal Shelter Pet Sterilization Act.
118 Section 4. Section 11-46-201 is enacted to read:
120 11-46-201. Title.
121 This part is known as the "Animal Shelter Pet Sterilization Act."
122 Section 5. Section 11-46-202 , which is renumbered from Section 17-42-102 is
123 renumbered and amended to read:
140 licensed under Title 58, Chapter 28, Veterinary Practice Act, stating:
141 (a) a specified animal has been sterilized;
142 (b) the date on which the sterilization was performed; and
143 (c) the location where the sterilization was performed.
145 for adoption.
147 to a recipient or claimant of an unsterilized animal to ensure the animal is timely sterilized in
148 accordance with an agreement between the recipient or the claimant and the animal shelter.
150 spaying of a female animal or by the neutering of a male animal, so it is unable to reproduce.
152 or transfers an animal to a recipient.
153 Section 6. Section 11-46-203 , which is renumbered from Section 17-42-103 is
154 renumbered and amended to read:
156 animals, or shall require sterilization deposit.
157 (1) An animal shelter may not transfer an animal that has not been sterilized, except as
158 provided in Subsection (2) or Section [
159 (2) An animal shelter may transfer an animal for adoption that has not been sterilized
160 only if the animal shelter:
161 (a) establishes a written agreement, executed by the recipient, stating the animal is not
162 sterilized and the recipient agrees in writing to be responsible for ensuring the animal is
164 (i) within 30 days after the agreement is signed, if the animal is six months of age or
165 older; or
166 (ii) if the animal is younger than six months of age, within 30 days after the animal
167 becomes six months of age; and
168 (b) receives from the recipient a sterilization deposit as provided under Section
170 recipient [
171 (3) The shelter may release any animal to a sponsor, as defined in Section 11-46-302 ,
172 provided the sponsor is a non-profit organization that qualifies as being tax exempt under
173 Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and provides proof of sterilization within 30
175 Section 7. Section 11-46-204 , which is renumbered from Section 17-42-104 is
176 renumbered and amended to read:
178 (1) A sterilization deposit may be:
179 (a) a portion of the adoption fee or purchase price of the [
180 enable the adopter to take the [
181 animal shelter has an agreement that the veterinarian will bill the animal shelter directly for the
183 (b) a deposit that is:
184 (i) refundable to the recipient if proof of sterilization of the animal within the
185 appropriate time limits under Section [
186 not more than three months after the date the animal is sterilized; and
187 (ii) forfeited to the animal shelter if proof of sterilization is not presented to the animal
188 shelter in compliance with Subsection (1)(b)(i); or
189 (c) a deposit under Section [
190 unsterilized animal impounded at the animal shelter.
191 (2) Sterilization deposits under Subsection (1) shall reflect the average reduced cost of
192 a sterilization of an animal, based on the gender and weight of the animal, that is reasonably
193 available in the area where the animal shelter is located, but the deposit may not be less than
195 (3) If a female [
196 sterilization deposit is required only for the female [
197 (4) All sterilization deposits forfeited or unclaimed under this section shall be retained
198 by the animal shelter and [
199 (a) a program to sterilize animals, which may include a sliding scale fee program;
200 (b) a public education program to reduce and prevent overpopulation of animals and
201 the related costs to local governments;
202 (c) a follow-up program to assure that animals transferred by the animal shelter are
203 sterilized in accordance with the agreement executed under Section [
205 (d) any additional costs incurred by the animal shelter in the administration of the
206 requirements of this chapter.
207 Section 8. Section 11-46-205 , which is renumbered from Section 17-42-105 is
208 renumbered and amended to read:
210 If a recipient fails to comply with the sterilization agreement under Subsection
212 (1) the failure is ground for seizure and impoundment of the animal by the animal
213 shelter from whom the recipient obtained the animal;
214 (2) the recipient relinquishes all ownership rights regarding the animal and any claim to
215 expenses incurred in maintenance and care of the animal; and
216 (3) the recipient forfeits the sterilization deposit.
217 Section 9. Section 11-46-206 , which is renumbered from Section 17-42-105.5 is
218 renumbered and amended to read:
220 redemption by owner of impounded animal.
221 (1) Upon the second impound within a 12-month period and upon any subsequent
222 impound of an animal that is claimed by its owner, an animal shelter may release the
223 impounded animal to its owner only upon payment of all impound fees required by the shelter
225 (a) receipt of proof the animal has been sterilized; or
226 (b) a sterilization deposit.
227 (2) The sterilization deposit shall be refunded to the owner only if the owner provides
228 proof of sterilization to the animal shelter within 30 days of release of the animal to the owner.
229 Section 10. Section 11-46-207 , which is renumbered from Section 17-42-106 is
230 renumbered and amended to read:
232 (1) (a) A person who knowingly commits any of the violations in Subsection (2) is
233 subject to a civil penalty of not less than $250 on a first violation [
234 civil penalty of not less than $500 on any second or subsequent violation [
235 (b) The administrator of the animal shelter imposes the civil penalties under this
237 (2) A person is subject to the civil penalties under Subsection (1) who:
238 (a) falsifies any proof of sterilization submitted for the purpose of compliance with this
240 (b) provides to an animal shelter or a licensed veterinarian inaccurate information
241 regarding ownership of any animal required to be submitted for sterilization under this
243 (c) submits to an animal shelter false information regarding sterilization fees or fee
244 schedules; or
245 (d) issues a check for insufficient funds for any sterilization deposit required of the
246 person under this [
247 (3) A person who contests a civil penalty imposed [
248 entitled to an administrative hearing that provides for the person's rights of due process.
249 (4) All penalties collected under this section shall be retained by the animal shelter
250 imposing the penalties, to be used solely for the purposes [
251 11-46-204 (4).
252 Section 11. Section 11-46-208 , which is renumbered from Section 17-42-107 is
253 renumbered and amended to read:
255 Local ordinances or the adoption or placement procedures of any animal shelter shall be
256 at least as restrictive as the provisions of this [
257 Section 12. Section 11-46-301 is enacted to read:
259 11-46-301. Title.
260 This part is known as the "Community Cat Management Act."
261 Section 13. Section 11-46-302 is enacted to read:
262 11-46-302. Definitions.
263 In addition to the definitions in Sections 11-46-102 and 11-46-202 , as used in this part:
264 (1) "Community cat" means a feral or free-roaming cat that is without visibly
265 discernable owner identification of any kind, and has been sterilized, vaccinated, and
267 (2) "Community cat caretaker" means any person other than an owner who provides
268 food, water, or shelter to a community cat or community cat colony.
269 (3) "Community cat colony" means a group of cats that congregates together.
270 Although not every cat in a colony may be a community cat, any cats owned by individuals that
271 congregate with a colony are considered part of it.
272 (4) "Community cat management program" means a program pursuant to which
273 community cats are sterilized, vaccinated against rabies, and returned to the location where
274 they congregate.
275 (5) "Ear-tipping" means removing approximately a quarter-inch off the tip of a cat's left
276 ear while the cat is anesthetized for sterilization.
277 (6) "Feral" has the same meaning as in Section 23-13-2 .
278 (7) "Sponsor" means any animal humane society, non-profit organization, animal
279 rescue, adoption organization, or a designated community cat caretaker that agrees to comply
280 with the requirements of this chapter and maintain written records that are accessible to an
281 animal control officer upon request.
282 Section 14. Section 11-46-303 is enacted to read:
283 11-46-303. Community cat management program.
284 (1) A community cat is exempt from licensing requirements and feeding bans.
285 (2) The following cats are eligible for release from an animal shelter prior to the
286 mandatory three-day hold period in Section 11-46-103 :
287 (a) a feral or free-roaming cat if eligible for the community cat management program in
288 this part; and
289 (b) a community cat.
290 (3) Any county or municipality may create a community cat management program.
291 Any program created shall meet minimum standards set by this part.
292 (4) A county or municipality may allow individuals or sponsors to trap, sterilize,
293 ear-tip, and vaccinate any feral or free-roaming cat in the community.
294 (5) A community cat management program shall require from each sponsor:
295 (a) registration of each cat colony a sponsor maintains; and
296 (b) a statement that all cats in the colony are sterilized, vaccinated, and ear-tipped, or
297 that cats within the colony are being actively trapped in order to be sterilized, vaccinated, and
299 (6) The sponsor of a cat colony shall register each colony the sponsor maintains and
300 provide the approximate location of each colony to the county or municipality.
301 (7) The county or municipality may assess a fee of not more than $15 for each colony
302 registered. Upon registration, the county or municipality shall provide to the sponsor a
303 document verifying the registration and indicating the approximate location of the registered
305 (8) The sponsor of a registered cat colony shall provide to the county or municipality
306 upon request:
307 (a) the number and location by zip code of colonies for which it acts as a sponsor;
308 (b) the total number of cats in each of its colonies;
309 (c) a description of each cat in each colony; and
310 (d) sterilization and vaccination records for each cat in the sponsor's colonies.
311 (9) Sterilization and vaccination records shall be maintained for a minimum of three
313 (10) Community cat sponsors or caretakers do not have custody, as defined in Section
314 76-9-301 , of any cat in a community cat colony. Cats in a colony that are obviously owned, as
315 evidenced by a collar, tags, or other discernable owner identification, are not exempt from the
316 provisions of Title 76, Chapter 9, Part 3, Cruelty to Animals.
317 (11) If a county and a municipality within that county both create a community cat
318 management program, they shall coordinate their efforts in order not to require dual registration
319 for colonies within their borders.
320 Section 15. Section 77-24-1.5 is amended to read:
321 77-24-1.5. Safekeeping by officer pending disposition -- Records required.
326 chapter; and
348 Section 16. Repealer.
349 This bill repeals:
350 Section 10-8-64, Livestock at large -- Pound -- Distraint.
351 Section 10-17-101, Title.
352 Section 10-17-102, Definitions.
353 Section 10-17-103, Animal shelters shall transfer only sterilized animals, or shall
354 require sterilization deposit.
355 Section 10-17-104, Sterilization deposit.
356 Section 10-17-105, Failure to comply with sterilization agreement.
357 Section 10-17-105.5, Sterilization deposit -- When required for redemption by
358 owner of impounded animal.
359 Section 10-17-106, Penalties.
360 Section 10-17-107, Local ordinances may be no less restrictive.
361 Section 17-42-101, Title.
Legislative Review Note
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