Bill Could Mean Tax Credit for Rescuing Shelter Animals

- ANNAPOLIS, Md. - You could receive a tax credit for rescuing a shelter animal or a tax credit for veterinarian bills if you adopt a retired police dog if two bills make it through the Maryland General Assembly this session.

"It's really important to get these animals out of the shelters and into a home and whatever we can do to make that happen, we should do," said Kelly Brown, president of the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

Delegate Glen Glass is hoping to get ore animals adopted by sponsoring a bill to give a $100 Maryland tax credit for adopting a shelter
cat or dog.

"It's very bipartisan, and I think it incentives people to adopt a cat or a dog. I think it's good for the person, and it's just as good for the person who adopts the cat as it is for the cat or dog that gets adopted," said Glass, (R-Harford/Cecil Counties).

Delegate Michael Hough, who's co-sponsoring the bill, has had his shelter rescue Beagle Scout for 10 years.

"We weren't sure what we wanted. We found a Beagle. We live him. Beagles are great dogs. They're the best dogs if you ask my opinion. I'd encourage people just to find out what size dog you want, to be open minded, and go to the shelter," said Hough, (R-Frederick/Washington Counties).

Delegate Glass has another bill to give up to a $1,000 state tax credit each year for vet bills to someone who
adopts a retired police dog.

"They go to work every day," Glass said. "They serve their police officer, their owner, the police force, and the citizens of Maryland, but when they retire, many of these dogs will have some health issues."

According to the Humane Society of the United States, about 2.7 million animals are put to sleep each year and around 45,000 of those are in Maryland.

Both the bills will having a hearing in committee on March 4th. You can read the shelter animal bill by clicking here and the retired police dog bill by clicking here.

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