This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 27, 2023 at 12:42 PM by pflowers.



Chief Sponsor: Ken Ivory

Senate Sponsor: ____________


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies provisions regarding stray animals and community cats.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     authorizes a municipal or county animal control officer to refuse to release a stray
13     animal that is determined to be carrying a disease or to be a threat to the health,
14     safety, or welfare of persons, property, or other domesticated animals; and
15          ▸     requires community cat caretakers or sponsors to feed community cats only during
16     daylight hours.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     AMENDS:
23          11-46-103, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 130
24          11-46-303, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 130

26     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27          Section 1. Section 11-46-103 is amended to read:

28          11-46-103. Stray animals.
29          (1) [Each] Except as provided in Subsection (2), a municipal or county animal control
30     officer shall hold any unidentified or unclaimed stray animal in safe and humane custody for a
31     minimum of five business days after the time of impound and prior to making any final
32     disposition of the animal.
33          (2) A municipal or county animal control officer may refuse to release a stray animal if
34     the animal control officer determines that the animal is:
35          (a) carrying a disease; or
36          (b) a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of persons, property, or other domesticated
37     animals.
38          [(2)] (3) A record of each animal held shall be maintained. The record shall include:
39          (a) date of impound;
40          (b) date of disposition; and
41          (c) method of disposition, which may be:
42          (i) placement in an adoptive home or other transfer of the animal, which shall be in
43     compliance with Part 2, Animal Shelter Pet Sterilization Act;
44          (ii) return to its owner;
45          (iii) placement in a community cat program as defined in Section 11-46-302; or
46          (iv) euthanasia.
47          [(3)] (4) An unidentified or unclaimed stray animal may be euthanized prior to the
48     completion of the five working day minimum holding period to prevent unnecessary suffering
49     due to serious injury or disease, if the euthanasia is in compliance with written agency or
50     department policies and procedures, and with any local ordinances allowing the euthanasia.
51          [(4)] (5) An unidentified or unclaimed stray animal shall be returned to its owner upon:
52          (a) proof of ownership;
53          (b) compliance with requirements of local animal control ordinances; and
54          (c) compliance with Part 2, Animal Shelter Pet Sterilization Act.
55          Section 2. Section 11-46-303 is amended to read:
56          11-46-303. Community cats.
57          (1) A cat received by a shelter under the provisions of Section 11-46-103 may be
58     released prior to the five-day holding period to a sponsor that operates a community cat

59     program.
60          (2) A community cat is:
61          (a) exempt from licensing requirements and feeding bans; and
62          (b) eligible for release from an animal shelter prior to the mandatory five-day hold
63     period in Section 11-46-103.
64          [(3) Community cat sponsors or caretakers do not have]
65          (3) (a) Neither a community cat caretaker nor a sponsor has custody, as defined in
66     Section 76-9-301, of any cat in a community cat colony.
67          (b) Cats in a colony that are obviously owned, as evidenced by a collar, tags,
68     microchip, or other discernable owner identification, are not exempt from the provisions of
69     Title 76, Chapter 9, Part 3, Cruelty to Animals.
70          (4) Sterilization and vaccination records shall be maintained for a minimum of three
71     years and be available to an animal control officer upon request.
72          (5) A community cat caretaker or a sponsor may only feed community cats during
73     daylight hours Ĥ→ , unless the community cat caretaker is acting under a local health
73a     department's trap-neuter-return or similar program ←Ĥ .