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February 23, 2010

Marylanders Lobby for Stronger Animal Protection Laws on Spay Day

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland citizens participating in Humane Lobby Day 2010 are meeting Tuesday with state legislators at the Statehouse in Annapolis in support of stronger animal protection laws. Humane Lobby Day is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and Maryland Votes for Animals.

Citizen lobbyists will ask their state legislators to lobby for the passage of S.B. 505, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Gladden, D-41, to address the sale of puppy mill puppies at pet stores; S.B. 21 and H.B. 265, sponsored by Sen. James Robey, D-13, and Del. Jeff Waldstreicher, D-18, to strengthen animal cruelty statutes; and S.B. 192, sponsored by Sen. Richard Colburn, R-37, to require that dogs deemed to be dangerous are spayed or neutered.

"This show of support from animal advocates throughout the state of Maryland sends a strong message to legislators that animal welfare issues are important to their constituents," said Tami Santelli, state legislative specialist for The HSUS. "We urge the legislature to support these bills to crack down on puppy mills and to strengthen animal cruelty laws."

In addition, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a proclamation recognizing Tuesday, Feb. 23, as Spay Day. Spay Day is The HSUS' annual campaign designed to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering. On Spay Day and throughout the month of February, The HSUS brings together hundreds of spay/neuter events to create a wave of spay/neuter activity and awareness across the country. The proclamation was presented to the Humane Lobby Day participants by longtime champion for the animals, Delegate Barbara Frush, D-21.

"I am so pleased that the Governor understands the problem of pet overpopulation in Maryland and has taken the opportunity to urge all Maryland residents to spay and neuter their pets," said Delegate Frush. "I congratulate Maryland's animal advocates on their dedication and efforts to lobby in support of animal protection legislation."

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