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Governor Seeks Repeal of California Animal Shelter Law

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.