Sen. Linda Holmes

Filed: 4/15/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2356, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
6Research Dogs and Cats Adoption Act.
7    Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
8    "Animal adoption organization" means any nonprofit
9organization incorporated for the purpose of adopting animals
10in need and finding permanent, adoptive homes for the animals.
11    "Research facility" means an institution of higher
12education or corporation located in this State that receives
13public funds, federal or State, for scientific, educational, or
14research purposes or a facility that provides research in
15collaboration with an institution of higher education with the
16use of public funds and benefits from the result of that



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2    "Research facility adoption policy" means a prominently
3displayed adoption policy for dogs and cats that details the
4specific steps that staff, students, or the public can take to
5adopt a dog or cat that is no longer needed for research,
6testing, or education and, in the opinion of the institution's
7animal care committee and supervising veterinarian, would be a
8suitable dog or cat to be adopted.
9    Section 10. Research dogs and cats adoption requirement.
10    (a) A research facility that owns and confines dogs or cats
11for scientific, educational, or research purposes and has
12completed all research requirements using the dog or cat shall
13then determine which animals are suitable for adoption under
14their research facility adoption policy and shall post a list
15of animals available under this policy. Any dogs or cats still
16available after employees, staff, and students have had an
17opportunity to adopt them shall be offered to a local animal
18adoption organization approved by the institution's animal
19care committee that has indicated to the facility that it would
20be willing to take the animals into its care. Dogs or cats
21belonging to private individuals that have been donated or
22loaned to the facility for medical trials or research and are
23to be returned to the owner are exempt from the requirements of
24this subsection (a).
25    (b) A research facility that is required to offer dogs or



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1cats to an animal adoption organization under this Section may
2enter into an agreement with the animal adoption organization
3to protect the research facility from liability.
4    (c) A research facility that provides dogs or cats to an
5animal adoption organization under this Section is immune from
6any civil liability resulting from the research facility's
7actions as described under this Section, except for willful or
8wanton misconduct.
9    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
10becoming law.".