SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will no longer label dogs seized from illegal fighting rings as “vicious,” making safe rescue dogs more likely to get adopted.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday to give dogs with cruel owners a chance at rehabilitation.READ MORE: 5 Drainage Culverts Retrofitted For Safer Wildlife Crossing Along 12-Mile Stretch Of State Route 118 In Ventura County
AB1825 allows animal sanctuaries, veterinarians and others to judge dogs’ behavior before labeling them.
State law classifies as vicious any dog that hurts a person without provocation. It previously included dogs from fighting rings whose owners are convicted of felony dog fighting.
Lawmakers say the label is often a death sentence.READ MORE: Minnesota Officer Charged In Daunte Wright Shooting
If they’re not put down by animal control units, the law requires owners to license and confine dogs deemed vicious.
Democratic Assemblyman Rich Gordon of Menlo Park says California was one of eleven states that categorized animals that way.
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