The Humane Society of the United States has named Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, as its Humane California Legislator of the Year.
Smyth was recognized at an event in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Earlier this year, Smyth introduced Assembly Bill 233, which would have provided a tax deduction for the fees associated with adopting a pet from an animal shelter. He also introduced a resolution to declare Feb. 24, 2009 as Spay Day USA 2009 and encouraged, but did not require, pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered.
“I had the opportunity to work closely with the Humane Society as the author of the Spay Day USA resolution, as well as on my bill to alleviate rising cost pressures on local animal shelters by providing a tax deduction for adopting shelter pets,” Smyth said. “We also teamed up to film a public service announcement, and to rally support for a number of other animal protection bills.”
Smyth welcomed the recognition of his work.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Humane Society for my work in the legislature this year,” he said. “I appreciate their passion and commitment to animal welfare issues, and I am proud to be one of their legislators of the year.”