- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Legislature has passed a bill that exempts cats caught in trap, neuter, return programs from the 72-hour holding period.

Proponents say the bill relieves the burden on shelters neutering and spaying stray cats. Opponents say the bill lets stray cats back into communities where they kill songbirds and other small wildlife.

Senate Bill 1260 exempts cats going through a sterilization program from the 72-hour waiting period and requires impounded animals to be kept for a minimum of 120 hours if they have identification.

The Senate passed the bill on a 25-5 vote Thursday. It now moves to the governor’s office.

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