Don't limit animal rescue groups

May 12, 2014 

Animal rescue groups -- people who house and help find homes for stray dogs -- are essential to animals' well-being, but a bill making its way through Springfield would hamper their good works.

Senate Bill 648 passed the Senate with unanimous support. It would require that rescue groups first turn strays over to a government-run animal control agency; groups that don't could be fined.

What in the world are lawmakers thinking? Animal control offices are already understaffed. The last thing they and the taxpayers need are more animals coming through their doors.

Animal rights groups say this is a disastrous bill that would increase the cost and role of government and could result in more strays being put to death.

If you don't want rescue groups hamstrung, urge your House representative to vote "no."

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