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Council committee shelves humane society notification bill

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:59 p.m. HST, Sep 18, 2012

A City Council committee voted today to shelve, at least for now, a proposal requiring the Hawaiian Humane Society to inform no-kill shelters and the public whenever it intends to kill animals brought to the Moiliili facility.

Parks and Cultural Affairs Chairman Tom Berg called for the deferral of Bill 57 after three committee members — Ikaika Anderson, Romy Cachola and Breene Harimoto — all said they would not support it.

Officials with the Hawaiian Humane Society testified that the bill was unnecessary, could lead to overcrowding and possibly the euthanization of more animals. The bill calls for the humane society to give the shelters and the public at least five days to adopt a cat or dog before it can be killed.

Berg said he is reworking the bill to make it more palatable for colleagues.

The humane society operates as the animal control contractor under a $2.3 million one-year contract that can be renewed for up to four more years before the city needs to seek new bids. Humane society officials said their total operating budget is about $6 million

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