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Dr. Annie and Animal Wellness Centers Call on Governor Brown to Not Repeal Any Provisions of Hayden Law

MARINA DEL REY – The Hayden Law was passed in California in 1998 and provides the nation’s most comprehensive laws to protect shelter animals. Governor Jerry Brown is considering a repeal of a number of provisions of the Hayden Law citing budget concerns. With the Hayden Law, California was at the forefront of animal shelter regulation and many states have been following that lead ever since.

Some of the provisions that are subject to repeal would mean permanently reducing the required holding period for animals to 72 hours prior to euthanasia, eliminating the requirement to provide veterinary treatment for shelter animals, and eliminating the requirement to keep records for animals impounded by shelter personnel, which would only make it more difficult to locate lost animals or those available for adoption.

The situation for shelter animals is bad enough now. Why ensure that it remains that way in the future as well? There is no justification, budgetary or otherwise, for making these changes permanent. The provisions in question have already been suspended since July 2009, and are currently not imposing additional costs on the state. California’s homeless animals deserve better. Repeal of any of the provisions of the Hayden Law would be a giant step backward for the animals of California when other states are continuing forward with animal protection laws.

For these reasons, Dr. Annie and Animal Wellness Centers are urging Governor Brown not to repeal any provision of the Hayden Law. Please call Governor Brown’s office at (916) 445-2841 and check this site for updates: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ca-do-not-repeal-any-provisions-of-the-hayden-law.

Now is not the time to regress on the moral progress we have made. This quote from Gandhi is very poignant and particularly relevant today:

“To my mind, I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man….The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Gandhi

About Animal Wellness Centers

Animal Wellness Centers is a fast-growing companion-animal healthcare firm headquartered in Marina del Rey, California. Its core business is veterinary services with a focus on comprehensive animal wellness designed to strengthen the human-animal bond. It is the exclusive retailer of Dr. Annie’s™ brand products. More: www.animalwellnesscenters.com

Annie Harvilicz, DVM, CVA (“Dr. Annie”) is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of AWC. She brings experience at leading centers for animal care throughout the world including extensive work on endangered species such as giant pandas, black rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Precinct television program during her tenure at the ASPCA’s Animal Hospital in New York City. Her private practice has spanned across the country with high-profile clientele from New York to Los Angeles. She completed her DVM degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as President of the school’s chapter of the AVMA. She is also the recipient of various awards and distinctions including, among others, the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for special compassion for lost, abandoned, or homeless dogs. She is licensed to practice in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland and is certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Harvilicz

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey in Los Angeles is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.