Utah Considers Regulating Euthanasia at Animal Shelters

Utah Senate Bill 237 would prohibit the use of any methods of euthanasia by animal shelters other than by injection of sodium pentobarbital or a derivative. The bill would also require animal shelters that euthanize animals to adopt a policy for euthanasia, establish a euthanasia training program to be attended by each person who conducts or assists with euthanasia biennially, and maintain a record of such trainings. Animal control officers who need to euthanize animals in emergency situations occurring outside of shelters would be required to “use the most humane method available.” These requirements also would apply to euthanasia of “wild animals” after July 1, 2022.