Summary of States Laws concerning Research Use of Unclaimed Pound Animals



13 States Prohibit Release for Research Use1)

Conneticut1980
New Jersey1978
Delaware1985
New York1987
Hawaii1955
Pennsylvabia1982
Maine1984
Rhode Island1972
Maryland1986
Vermont1984
Massachusetts1983
West Virginia1989
New Hampshire1983
3 States Require Release for Research Use

10 States and D.C. Permit Release for Research Use3)

24 States Do Not Address Disposition of Unclaimed Pound Animals4)

AlabamaMissouri
AlaskaMontana
ArkansasNebraska
FloridaNevada
GeorgiaNew Mexico
IdahoNorth Carolina
IllinoisNorth Dakota
IndianaOregon
KansasSouth Carolina
KentuckyTexas
LouisianaWashington
MississippiWyoming


  1. Only Massachusetts prohibits the use of pound animals from any source. The twelve other states prohibit release of pound animals by instate pounds: research facilities may purchase animals, including pound animals obtained outside that state from U.S. Department of Agriculture licensed dealers.

  2. Pubulic pounds only. Other animal shelters may, at their discretion, release animals for research.

  3. Ability to use pound animals either explicitly stated or implied in state law.

  4. In these states, policies regarding availability of unclaimed pound animals for research use vary based on decisions of individual municipalities.


Massachusetts

USE OF UNCLAIMED POUND ANIMALS

State law prohibits the release of unclaimed animals for research from pounds either within or out of the state.

"No dog officer shall be licensed animal dealer registered with the United States Department of Agriculture, and no dog officer, either privately or in the course of carrying out his official assignments as an agent for his municipiality, shall give, sell, or turn over any animal which may come into his custody to any business or institution licensed or registered as a research facility or animal dealer with the United state Department of Agriculture. No municipality shall give, sell, or turn over any animal which may come into its custody to any business or institution licensed or regostered as a research facility or animal dealer with the United state Department of Agriculture. " Massachusetts Annotated Laws, Chapter 140, Section 151 (Law. Co-op. 1995)


Michigan

USE OF UNCLAIMED POUND ANIMALS

State law permits the release of pound animals for research.

"A dealer, a county, city, village or township operating a dog pound or animal shelter shall not sell or otherwise dispose of a dog or cat within 4 days after its acqusition. If the dog or cat has a collar, license, or other evidence of ownership, the operator of the pound or shelter shall notify the owner in writing and disposition of the animal shall not be made within 7 days from the mailing of the notice." Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated, Section 287. 388 (West 1996)


"A research facility shall not purchase any dogs and cats except from a licensed dealer, public dog pound, humane society, or from a person who breeds or raises dogs or cats for sale. Any county, city, village or township operating a dog pound or animal shelter may sell for an amount not to exceed $10.00 per animal or otherwise dispose of unclaimed or unwanted dogs and cats to a Michigan research facility." Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated, Section 287. 389 (West 1996)


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