Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is outraging animal lovers by proposing to make it easier for shelters to kill stray dogs and cats.
The governor is asking the state Legislature to repeal a 1998 law that requires the shelters to hold animals up to six days before destroying them. Instead there would be a three-day requirement for cats and dogs and other animals could be killed immediately.
Schwarzenegger´s administration says the changes could save local governments that operate the shelters up to $14 million.
The governor´s aides are planning to meet with animal rights groups and local governments to work out a compromise on the issue. An estimated 600,000 dogs and cats are put to death each year statewide.