The 'Erin Van Sickle Act of 2012'? Bill would require keeping stray animals alive

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Stray animals would have to be sent to non-profit no-kill animal rescue organizations instead of euthanized by public shelters under a bill filed in the Legislature by a Republican senator, reports the News Service of Florida. Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, said his proposed measure (SB 818) would not only prevent the killing of animals, it would save taxpayer dollars by transferring the cost of keeping the animals to the non-profit sector. “Florida has an opportunity to join other states setting a nationwide example by passing a bill that could save thousands of animals and help direct dollars toward other important initiatives,” Bennett said in a statement. “When we are not using dollars to care for, kill and dispose of animals, there is an immediate cost savings to local governments.” The bill would have exceptions for dogs ruled dangerous or suffering animals.

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