Full Statute Name:  West's Annotated California Codes. Education Code. Title 3. Postsecondary Education. Division 5. General Provisions. Part 40. Donahoe Higher Education Act. Chapter 2. General Provisions. Article 3. General Provisions. § 66017.7. Animals used for diagnostic purposes or medical research; adoption after completion of testing or research

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Primary Citation:  West's Ann.Cal.Educ.Code § 66017.7 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  February, 2017 Date Adopted:  2016
Summary:

This California law effective in 2016 allows for adoption of cats or dogs used in medical research. If the public postsecondary educational institution (or independent institution) assesses the health of an animal and determines: (1) that the animal is suitable for adoption; (2) the animal's destruction is not required; and (3) the animal is no longer needed, it shall offer the dogs or cats to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization for adoption prior to euthanizing those animals.

Statute Text: 

(a) A public postsecondary educational institution or independent institution of higher education, or employee or student thereof, that confines dogs or cats for the purposes set forth in Section 1650 of the Health and Safety Code, if the institution assesses the health of an animal and determines, after the completion of any testing or research, that the animal is suitable for adoption, the animal's destruction is not required, and the animal is no longer needed, and if the institution's existing procedures for adopting the animal do not result in an adoption, shall offer the dogs or cats to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization for adoption prior to euthanizing those animals. A public postsecondary educational institution or independent institution of higher education that is required to offer dogs or cats to an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization under this section may enter into an agreement with an animal adoption organization or animal rescue organization for the implementation of this section.

(b) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) “Animal adoption organization” or “animal rescue organization” means a not-for-profit entity that is exempt from taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code1 established for purposes of rescuing animals in need and finding permanent, adoptive homes for those animals and that maintain records pursuant to Section 32003 of the Food and Agriculture Code.

(2) “Independent institution of higher education” means a nonpublic educational institution as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 66010.

(3) “Public postsecondary educational institution” means any campus of the University of California, the California State University, or the California Community Colleges.

(c) This section does not apply to animals within the meaning of Section 17006 of the Food and Agricultural Code.

Credits
(Added by Stats.2015, c. 551 (A.B.147), § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.)

Footnotes

1 Internal Revenue Code sections are in Title 26 of the U.S.C.A.

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