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Smyth intros legislation to encourage pet adoptions

Posted: February 13, 2009 5:47 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2009 2:47 p.m.
 
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, has introduced Assembly Bill 233, which will provide a tax deduction, allowing individuals to deduct the adoption fees of animals from local government and non-profit animal shelters.

"Local governments in California are spending upwards of $100 million sheltering animals each year," Smyth said. "Everyday we hear about people walking away from their houses, and in many cases they are abandoning their pets as well."

It is estimated that 800,000 dogs and cats are abandoned every year, often leaving local governments to foot the bill for taking care of the animals in local shelters. Smyth's legislation seeks to relieve the pressure on these facilities by encouraging individuals and families looking for a pet to visit their local shelters.

The deduction created under AB 233 would be available starting Jan. 1, 2010, and would be in effect for five years. Deductions for multiple adoptions would be allowed, up to a total of $300 per year.

"Everyone is being squeezed in this economy," Smyth said. "Maybe a tax break will sway people to make the decision to adopt."

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