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May 4, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Applauds the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton for Protecting Pets

  • Animal shelters in Minnesota will no longer be required to turn over dogs and cats to research facilities. iStockPhoto.com

*EDITOR'S NOTE: In July 2012, we reviewed Ohio's law concerning pound seizure and determined that the practice is allowed, not required, as previously determined. We have since re-designated Ohio as a state allowing pound seizure on our map of pound seizure laws by state.

The Humane Society of the United States applauds Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota legislature for ending so-called “pound seizure”—the turning over of dogs and cats to laboratories for experimentation—in the state. Sen. John Marty, D-Roseville, and Rep. Joe Mullery, D-Minneapolis, authored legislation to ban the practice, and their provision was included in the Omnibus Agriculture bill, H.F. 2398 and S.F. 2061, and signed into law by Gov. Dayton.

Minnesota was one of only three states that required publicly-funded animal shelters to turn over their animals to research facilities upon request. Animals could be turned over after five days if they weren’t adopted or claimed. The only two states remaining that require pound seizure are Oklahoma, unless municipal law forbids it, and Ohio.

“The Minnesota legislature and Governor Dayton made the right choice to protect our state’s pets,” said Howard Goldman, Minnesota state director for The HSUS. “Shelters must be seen by the public as a safe haven for lost, stray, or abandoned animals, and pound seizure is a betrayal of public trust.”

Media Contact: Rebecca Basu 301-258-3152, rbasu@humanesociety.org

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