Assemblymember Bloom’s Bill Will Transform Canine Blood Banking in California

There are several pet blood banks that
house dogs in what are known as closed colonies throughout the United States
and two here in California and recent reports suggest that while they perform
an important service there’s a serious need to regulate those facilities and
really modernize our entire practice in fact the Washington Post reported in
2017 that animal blood banking is largely an unregulated industry odd when
you consider the fact that the blood the human blood donor system is very highly
regulated we’re the only state that has this strange requirement that animals be
kept in closed colonies for their blood these dogs are bled every 10 to 14 days
again making them extremely ill they are wearing these muzzles when they are
outside of their crates when I asked why it’s because they are afraid that the
dogs are going to fight these dogs are not socialized so they don’t know how
they’re gonna react when they come face-to-face with each other
Lennon shows a lot of traumas emotional traumas and I’m we’re working with
veterinarian and animal behavior is to get them to the companion animal level
that he so deserves to be in skipper is doing a lot better he’s been two weeks
out he has a lot of missing fur on his hind legs and quarters and elbows he has
a lot of skin infections from being kept on a hard surface
for a long amount of time because there’s no beds there’s no soft blankets
nothing it’s him and another dog together in a crate for a very long
period of time thankfully his hair is starting to grow back and he has an
incredible temperament but he’s going to be on medication his whole life because
he has kidney disease and hyperthyroidism as well as other issues
with his skin five years ago my Winston was diagnosed
on a Friday night with an autoimmune disease I took him in at 8 o’clock at
night within 3 hours they sent me to another veterinarian that was didn’t
urgent care and that barren veterinarian told me I needed to take him
to a 24-hour care and started my immediate blood transfusions on Monday
morning I waited until visiting hours at noon I went in at noon to go see my
Winston and he was gravely gravely ill I asked the veterinarian what’s happening
he it’s gone downhill so rapidly and they said we ran out of blood he went
into cardiac arrest and the veterinarians did everything they could
to save him but the fact that he hadn’t had blood for 12 hours he died right
there the need for blood products for dogs is unquestionable so the question
that a B 366 seeks to address is how we can we make it more humane and how can
we increase the blood supply that we know we need

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