Posted July 16, 2014
A new Minnesota law requires facilities of higher education in the state that receive public money to offer dogs and cats used in science, education, or research on to a rescue organization as an alternative to euthanasia.
The law appears to be the first of its kind in the country, according to the AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department.
The specific provision is as follows: “A higher education research facility that receives public money or a facility that provides research in collaboration with a higher education facility that confines dogs or cats for science, education, or research purposes and plans on euthanizing a dog or cat for other than science, education, or research purposes must first offer the dog or cat to an animal rescue organization. A facility that is required to offer dogs or cats to an animal rescue organization under this section may enter into an agreement with the animal rescue organization to protect the facility. A facility that provides a dog or cat to a rescue organization under this section is immune from any civil liability that otherwise might result from its actions, provided that the facility is acting in good faith.”