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    Ella Warner of Sherman Oaks 9, greets a beagle.

  • Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

    About a dozen beagles and their owners march to the state Capitol during a rally and press event to advocate for Assembly Bill AB2431 in Sacramento on Tuesday.

  • Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

    Assembly member Matt Dababneh addresses a group of supporters during a rally and press event to advocate for Assembly Bill AB2431 the state Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday. The Beagle Freedom Bill (AB: 2431) authored by Assembly Member Matthew Dababneh is a compassionate proposal to help rescue dogs and cats from taxpayer funded California research laboratories. Many research dogs and cats are euthanized at the end of the testing even if they are healthy. The legislation would facilitate a relationship between laboratories that use dogs and cats for research purposes and registered nonprofit animal rescue organizations so that when the animals are no longer needed they can be placed up for public adoption. Currently, there is no mechanism for California citizens to adopt one these dogs or cats.

Video: Beagle backers gather

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 - 11:00 pm

About a dozen beagles and their owners, above, march to the Capitol Tuesday to support Assembly Bill 2431, authored by Matt Dababneh.

The bill is intended to keep dogs and cats from being euthanized by taxpayer-funded state research labs at the end of testing.



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