Full Statute Name:  West's Nevada Revised Statutes Annotated. Title 50. Animals (Chapters 561-577). Chapter 574. Cruelty to Animals: Prevention and Penalties. Adoption of Dogs and Cats at Research Facilities. 574.205. Requirement to offer dog or cat for adoption before euthanization; immunity from civil liability

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Primary Citation:  N. R. S. 574.205 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  May, 2018 Alternate Citation:  NV ST 574.205 Date Adopted:  2015
Summary: This Nevada law, enacted in 2015, mandates that a research facility that intends to euthanize a dog or cat for any purpose other than scientific, medical or educational research shall, before euthanizing the dog or cat, offer the dog or cat for adoption if the dog or cat is appropriate for adoption. This adoption may be completed through an adoption program of the research facility or through a collaborative agreement with an animal rescue organization.
Statute Text: 

1. A research facility that intends to euthanize a dog or cat for any purpose other than scientific, medical or educational research shall, before euthanizing the dog or cat, offer the dog or cat for adoption if the dog or cat is appropriate for adoption. A research facility may offer the dog or cat for adoption through a program of the research facility or enter into a collaborative agreement with an animal shelter that performs the work of an animal rescue organization or an animal rescue organization for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this subsection. Any such animal shelter or animal rescue organization must be domiciled in Nevada and exempt from taxation pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3).

2. A research facility and any officer, director, employee or agent of the research facility is immune from civil liability for any act or omission relating to the adoption of a dog or cat pursuant to subsection 1.

3. As used in this section:

(a) “Animal rescue organization” means a nonprofit organization established for the purpose of rescuing animals in need and finding permanent, adoptive homes for such animals.

(b) “Research facility” means an organization that is engaged in:

(1) Animal research for the purpose of testing the performance, safety or quality of a product; or

(2) Scientific research for scientific, medical or educational purposes.

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Added by Laws 2015, c. 323, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2015.

 

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