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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Humane Day 2012, supported by the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, will be held Wednesday, April 18th at The Capitol Building 3rd Floor Rotunda in Jefferson City, Missouri between 10am and 2pm. The purpose of Humane Day 2012 by the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation is to get legislators to hear from organizations that have been impacted by shelter licensing fees and individuals that believe these fees are detrimental. Bills that are up for discussion are:
Bills HB 1654 & HB 1934 - Exempts Shelters from License Fees
Several significant bills have been introduced in the 2012 legislative session to help the animals. Two pieces of animal friendly legislation announced this session were HB 1654 by Representative Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves) and HB 1934 by Representative Noel Torpey (R-Independence). Both of these bills would eliminate license fees on non-profit shelters and rescue groups. These charitable entities have been exempt from paying a license fee in the past in recognition of their important role of keeping stray animals off the streets and protecting the public from disease and other health problems that result from the irresponsible acts of others. Unfortunately, in 2010, the legislature extended fees for commercial breeders and kennels to non-profit animal shelters. HB 1654 & HB 1934 would reverse this onerous tax and would once again exempt shelters and rescues which provide a community service. This will allow such entities to dedicate all of their assets to the care of animals.
HB 1934 also contains language that would address the issue of individuals selling dogs for a profit and claiming to be a rescue. Rep. Torpey's bill would give the Director of Agriculture the authority to deny or revoke a license of any animal shelter, "if it is determined by the Director that the applicant or the licensee unreasonably profits from the charges for adoption or sales of the animals." Hopefully, this will help rein in the problem of unscrupulous breeders and sellers of dogs masquerading as rescues.
We commend Representative Kirkton and Representative Torpey for introducing legislation to relieve shelters and rescue from these taxes. Legislators need to hear that dogs seized in dog fighting cases need to receive a second chance and a disposition hearing within 30 days.
HUMANE DAY 2012 - ISSUES OF PRIORITY TO THE ALLIANCE THIS SESSION
DOG FIGHTING DISPOSTION: Would allow for a disposition hearing of dogs seized by law enforcement authorities if there is probable cause that such dogs were subject to dog fighting. A judge would have to approve such disposition. This would allow such dogs to be removed from a dangerous environment and be given the opportunity for rehabilitation and adoption. This disposition could take place within thirty (30) days so that these dogs would not have to be held indefinitely. Such a law will encourage law enforcement officials to investigate dog fighting which is still common in Missouri. Currently, dogfight complaints and tips receive little, if any, follow-up as it is cost prohibitive for municipalities to house and care for fighting dogs for an extended period of time. Due process would be ensured as three (3) elected officials would have to be involved in such decisions: the Sheriff, District Attorney, and a Judge. (See SB903)
TAXES ON SHELTERS AND RESCUES: Would eliminate ACFA license fees on non-profit shelters and rescue groups. These charitable entities have been exempt from paying a license fee in the past in recognition of their important role in keeping stray animals off the streets and protecting the public from disease and other health problems that result from the irresponsible acts of others. Rescues and shelters provide a community service and should be exempt from such taxes once again to allow them to dedicate all of their assets to the care of animals. (See HB 1654 and HB1934).
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
It was a sad day for local Kansas City Animal Shelters when they found out that a program introduced by Spay and Neuter Kansas City and Heartland SPCA would be defunded in 2012. Taking away the funding for this spaying and neutering program will mean thousands of puppies and kittens will be homeless in the near future. These programs asked for a VERY reasonable $180,000 of the $300 MILLION dollar city budget to fund the cause, but were turned down for other groups like Harvesters - who already have a strong charity base in Kansas City of private donors. It just doesn't make sense and it is a tragedy.
The program, which had been funded up until last year, was to assist in the costs of spaying and neutering pets owned by low income pet owners in Kansas City. Legislators in Kansas City that voted to defund the program defended their vote by saying that it was more important to take care of the people in Kansas City than the animals. Many argue that this is a "save a penny, LOSE a dollar solution" - in other words the city might be saving money in the short term, but after a few months of cats and dogs running around the city without being spayed or neutered, it will surely mean that thousands of puppies and kittens will end up in the pounds and shelters, costing the city even MORE money in the long run.
Most importantly, IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO SPAY AND NEUTER A DOG OR CAT, YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO OWN ONE. Please do not take on the responsibility of owning a pet if you can't even afford to have it spayed or neutered. Unfortunately, the people in the ghetto and low income areas probably won't be online reading this - but if you know anyone who might be in this situation, please tell them to consider waiting until they are in a more financially stable living situation before they take in a pet.
The spaying and neutering program was extremely successful, and local Kansas City animal shelters and pounds saw a drop of nearly 50% of the stray animals that were dropped off at their shelters in the past 5 years. YOU CAN HELP! Please consider making a donation to any of the following animal shelters in Kansas City. Every little bit helps, and if you are not in the market to adopt a dog or cat without a home, at least donate a little bit to the cause if you are able.
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City - offers adoptions, accepts donations, provides spay and neuter services.
Kansas City Animal Control Shelter - 4400 Raytown Road - one of the animal adoption centers that really needs your help! Please consider adopting a wonderful animal from this shelter as they are only able to keep their dogs and cats for one month before they must have them put to sleep.
Animal Medical Center - 75th street in Waldo - veterinary service and adoption service.
Companion Animal Rescue and Reunification Center - 6148 Madison in Kansas City, MO - pet adoption service and lost pet center.
Wayside Waifs - animal adoption center, cats and dogs, spayed and neutered.
Heartland SPCA - Heroes for Pets, Partners for Life.
Spay and Neuter Kansas City - Offers spaying and neutering for cats and dogs and also offers discounted rates for low income families who qualify.
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